Thursday, November 12, 2009
– Taylor Swift walked away the big winner at Wednesday's Country music Association awards with four, including the most coveted entertainer of the year.
Swift at 19 became the youngest person ever to receive the award. And she had to compete against Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, George Strait and Brad Paisley to do so. She also was the first female artist in a decade to win the entertainer award. In the 43-year history of the CMA Awards, only 6 other female acts have won the coveted top prize: Loretta Lynn (1972), Dolly Parton (1978), Barbara Mandrell (1980,1981), Reba McEntire (1986), Shania Twain (1999) and the Dixie Chicks (2000).
Swift also won CMA Awards last night for Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for "Fearless" (with Swift being honored as both artist and producer) and Video of the Year (for Love Story). Earlier in the day, she received the CMA's International Artist Achievement Award. Swift shared last night's Album of the Year producer honors with her co-producer Nathan Chapman, and the Video of the Year Award with director Trey Fanjoy.
Other winners were:
Male Artist: Brad Paisley
Vocal Duo: Sugarland
New Group: Lady Antebellum
New Artist: Darius Rucker
Song: In Color by Jamey Johnson
Single of the Year: I Run to You by Lady Antebellum
Musician: Mac McAnally
Vocal Event: Brad Paisley with Keith Urban for Start a Band