Taylor Swift Honored With Milestone Award at 2015 ACM Awards
Taylor Swift may have made the big departure from country music to pop with her album, 1989. However, the Academy of Country Music showed that they didn't forget about Taylor and honored her with the Milestone Award for Youngest ACM Entertainer of the Year.
Unlike other artists like Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire who performed at the award show on Sunday night (April 19), Taylor was just a guest for the evening. But what made this one really special was the fact that her mother, Andrea Swift, presented her with this honor.
"I've watched this milestone artist since she was a tangled hair little girl on our farm," her mother started off her speech.
Andrea recounted the time when "Love Story" was written and talked about how she and Taylor's dad didn't let her go out with a guy. Then Taylor came out of her room an hour later with one of her big hit songs. She also had so much to say about her daughter and easily summed up her feelings about Taylor's success by saying that she couldn't be prouder.
"Like many of you with children of your own, I am a very proud mom," Andrea, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, said. "I want to thank the ACMs for honoring her in this way, but I also want to thank the music community for taking such good care of her. And to to the fans, I know [pause] I know you love her as I love her and for that I thank you eternally," she said said holding back the proud tears.
After her speech, Taylor came down to accept the Milestone Award. And although she didn't stay on the mic long, she expressed how grateful she was to the country music community for all they have given her throughout her career.
"So to the country community, when I told you I had made a pop album and wanted to go explore other genres, you showed me who you are with the grace you accepted that with, Taylor said. "I will never forget it. I'm so happy, so happy that I learned how to write songs in a town like Nashville. I'm so grateful that I learned what hard work is from my heroes who are all sitting here. And I'm so unbelievably proud that I learned to treat people with kindness and respect from country music. I love you so much."
And of course, she couldn't leave without a shoutout to the Swifities in the crowd. "And to the fans, I will see you," she said raising her award. "I'll see you right here in this exact stadium in "The 1989 World Tour." See you soon. I love you."
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