The rep Tour Nashville: When you think Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

I hope you think of me, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who knew Taylor had to play “Tim McGraw” in Nashville of all places, we didn’t necessarily expect the man himself on stage, nor his talented partner, Faith Hill. The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar really went for a blast from the past, but it was the blast that defined the start of her career and in her own words, Nashville taught her everything she needed.

She opted for “Better Man” for her surprise song at the b-stage. She was going to need the big stage to contain all that talent later on.

When the time came, I’m pretty sure more than a few people got nostalgic. She went for the start on the piano, but of course she broke out the handheld mike to sing with Faith Hill. By that time more than a few people were expecting the official Tim McGraw to take the stage.

I’ve always wanted Tim McGraw to barge in the middle of “Tim McGraw” and shout “I hope you think of ME! Cuz that’s my NAME!”

Coming up next in the Calendar:

  • August 28: Ford Field. Detroit, MI.
  • August 31: U.S. Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, MN.
  • September 1: U.S. Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, MN.
  • September 8: Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City, MO.
  • September 15: Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis, IN.

(Sources: Twitter, Instagram. Billboard. Featured photo via Tim McGraw’s Instagram)

The 47th CMA Awards: Taylor Swift receives the Pinnacle Award

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.

(Source: Country Music Is Love via Twitter)
(Source: Country Music Is Love via Twitter)

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:

Watch on YouTube

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:

Watch on YouTube

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!

Watch on YouTube

Thanks to cmntexas and smilesfortaylor for posting!

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)

Taylor Swift wins the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Country Artist

(Source: People's Choice Awards)

Hello Taylor nation,

The People’s Choice Awards took place on January 11, 2011. Hosted by Kaley Cuoco, the show ran for about two hours and focused primarily on TV and movies. There were a few awards announced to the side, but the nominations that regarded the Outspoken One were not included in the broadcast.

According to the People’s Choice Awards website, Taylor Swift won for Favorite Country Artist.

She was also nominated for Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Tour Headliner. Katy Perry won those awards. Please don’t put anything hateful on the comments regarding Katy Perry. I understand if you want to voice your opinion, but again this is not a public forum so I’m asking you to be nice. Katy happens to be a very good friend of the Sparkly Dressed so any comments even resembling an insult will not get approved.

I know my twitter commentary sometimes is a bit too harsh on certain award shows. To tell you the truth, I’m trying to get it all out of my system so I don’t need to say it here. I think I said all I wanted to say about how the show. Twitter is a public forum, so if you want to vent that’s the place to go.

The only country artist present on the show was Faith Hill, who performed her new single Come Home.

(Source: Warner Brothers Records)

Read the People’s Choice Awards to find out the rest of the winners.

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • February 12: The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Taylor Swift is nominated for Best Country Album for Speak Now, Best Country Song for Mean and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean. The show will be broadcast live on CBS from 8:00pm to 11:30pm ET/PT.

(Sources: People’s Choice Awards)

Everything you need to know about the 2012 People’s Choice Awards

(Source: Ustream)

Hello Taylor fans,

Yes, everything you need to know except the one thing you want to know… is the Sparkly Dressed going to appear? Historically speaking, she’s always been a winner at the People’s Choice Awards. If you take a look at the Ustream (begins January 11 at 7:30 ET) her face is used to promote the red carpet livestream. The truth is that if you’ve seen the latests red carpet, the Outspoken One also tends to be the arrive-in-the-nick-of-time-the-carpet-is-almost-closed one!

Here at the Swift Agency, still one guy that misses the crazy busy days of the Speak Now Tour, we can actually go back to Taylor’s two previous PCA’s in 2010 (she won Female Artist of the Year) and 2011 (she won Female Country Artist of the Year). Just reading my own blog entries I recall this is a show where I’m usually interested in the Outspoken One and… not much else. At least this year, I’m looking forward to seeing Faith Hill perform. That makes me think Taylor will try to be there. On the other hand, according to Entertainment Weekly, Katy Perry has cancelled her appearance. After a much publicized break up with Russell Brand, she’s skipping out on the PCA’s.

The Blonde With The Sparkly Guitar is nominated for Favorite Country Artist, Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Tour Headliner.

Here’s the promo. The voting for most categories has already closed.

Watch on YouTube

The People’s Choice Awards airs on CBS at 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central. Kaley Cuoco is the host. Faith Hill and Demi Lovato are scheduled to perform. The red carpet livestream begins at begins January 11 at 7:30 ET/6:30 CT.

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • January 11: People’s Choice Awards 2012. Taylor is nominated for Favorite Country Artist, Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Tour Headliner.
  • February 12: The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Taylor Swift is nominated for Best Country Album for Speak Now, Best Country Song for Mean and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean. The show will be broadcast live on CBS from 8:00pm to 11:30pm ET/PT.

(Sources: People’s Choice Awards 2012Entertainment Weekly)

The Outspoken One joins the Give the Gift of Music campaign

(Source: ABC)

Hello Taylor Nation,

Taylor Swift has never kept her admiration of Faith Hill a secret. She looked up to her as a positive role model and nowadays she still does. Seems proper then, that the Outspoken One has filmed a video for the Give the Gift of Music campaign by NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) highlighting her experience with her own musical idol.

The “Give the Gift of Music Campaign” is running a fan contest to share how a particular 2011 CMA Awards nominee’s music (song, lyrics, performance, etc.) has inspired them. Three contestants will be chosen with the grand prize winner receiving two tickets to attend the CMA Awards show in Nashville on Wednesday, November 9 and $1,000.

Special country music gift packages will go to the second and third place winners respectively. Specific details on the new gifting contest, including deadlines, rules and regulations can be found at givethegiftofmusic.info/search-gift-ideas/countdown-to-cma/.

Watch on Vimeo

You can find out more information at givethegiftofmusic.info.

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • September 16: Speak Now tour in Nashville, Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena. Sold Out.
  • September 17: Speak Now tour in Nashville, Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena. Sold Out.
  • September 19: 5th Annual ACM Honors. Taylor Swift is one of the honorees. She will receive the Jim Reeves International Award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music worldwide. The event takes place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

(Source: NARM, givethegiftofmusic.infoVimeo)