She’s at the top of the list, Taylor Nation.
Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s so proud of the Sparkly Dressed right now, we’re just going to let her Taylor have her say first. This is her speech when she received the Pinnacle Award
You know they told me this was going to happen, but you know, I didn’t know there was going to be all of this. And Lennon and Maisy, and the packet – the video. My parents aren’t just crying, they’re actually balling at this point.
I remember when I was 16 and I got the first phone call from Scott Borchetta, my label president. He said, ‘can you be on the road in two days to open up for Rascal Flatts?’ And I just started screaming. I said, ‘this has to be a miracle’. He said ‘no it’s not a miracle, Eric Church got fired for playing too long’.
But then I got a call that I was gonna get to go on the road with George Strait who taught me to play the songs your fans want to hear. I got a call from Brad Paisley and I toured with him for 9 months, and I sat on a speaker by the side of the stage and I watched him every single night cause he was funny and I’ll never be that funny, and it makes me sad. Keith Urban, I toured with him and I’m such a huge fan of his music. And Tim and Faith have a style at a level that is the pinnacle I will never reach which is that style that the two of you have.
I just – you guys all got up here and you all did this. And I just know that this had to have taken a lot of people to make this decision to give this to me. So, to the CMA, to whoever made this choice, you’re not only rewarding my hard work and exhaustion. You’re rewarding the hard work and exhaustion of my family, and my label, and anyone who works with me and most of all, the fans – who fill stadiums. I love you. On behalf of all those people, thank you, thank you. I love you! You made me feel so special right now! Thank you!
– Taylor Swift accepting the Pinnacle Award
Thanks to a mess of a dreamer for the original compilation. I’ve edited a bit regarding punctuation, not that it really was wrong. T-Swizzle really said the entire acceptance speech in one breath. I’m just a bit of a grammar nazi.
The Queen of Spark had a ball at the 47th CMA Awards. First she performed an acoustic rendition of “Red” with Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer and Eric Darken backing her up. It was a beautiful version and… oh yeah I got a clip. What, now? Ok, here you go:
Taylor Swift later on heard a rendition of “You Belong With Me” from Lennon and Maisy. She then received the Pinnacle Award from Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. They all had the young songwriter when she was just starting as an opener in their tours. What. Oh yeah, play the clip. Here you go:
The Enchantress also won two of her six nominations:
- Musical Event of the Year for ”Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban
- Music Video of the Year for ”Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban
The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar may have lost Entertainer of the Year but it went to the person who undoubtedly deserve it more than anybody else: The King of Country, George Strait, who’s now on her last tour before retirement. George was also one of her mentors who she opened with back when she was starting up.
Bonus! Here’s the Forever and Always Fearless One getting interviewed backstage at the press room. Let’s go to the video!
Coming up on the Calendar!
- November 7: Mallary Hope opens for Charlie Daniels at the Municipal Auditorium in Greenville, TX. Click here for ticket information.
- November 10: You’ll find out soon.
- November 14: The 2013 Billboard Touring Awards take place at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, NY. Taylor Swift’s RED Tour is nominated for the Top Package Award. Taylor is also nominated for the Eventful Fans’ Choice Award.
(Source: 47th CMA Awards)