Other than a solid performance of her latest hit "Mean," Taylor Swift had kept a fairly low profile during last night's 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. And then up jumped the devil--as my dad used to say; there was Taylor walking up the stairs to accept her Entertainer of the Year award. As we all know, timing is everything.

At last fall's CMA awards, Taylor had kept an even lower profile. She had performed her hit "Back to December" but was only nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, which she lost to Miranda Lambert. Why she wasn't in more categories could be easily explained; her latest multi-million seller "Speak Now" had not  been released during the Country Music Association's eligibility period--it came out October 25th, 2010. But that date puts it well within the correct time frame--January 1st thru December 31st (a calendar year; how bold)--for ACM consideration. And to top it off, the Entertainer of the Year category was partially determined by online/text fan voting. Considering the statuesque singer's superstar status, it's not difficult to figure out why Taylor took home the big trophy. Entertainer of the Year is the only category that employs this system. Congratulations, Taylor! I've learned a lesson, my dear. Until your star--er, supernova--dims, I should never be surprised to see you holding an award.

Congrats to the night's other winners as well:

Top Male Vocalist:            Brad Paisley

Top Female Vocalist:       Miranda Lambert

Top Vocal Group:             Lady Antebellum

Top Vocal Duo:                 Sugarland

Top New Artist:                 The Band Perry

Top Album:                       "Need You Now" Lady Antebellum

Top Single:                       "The House That Built Me"  Miranda Lambert

Top Song:                         "The House That Built Me" Miranda Lambert

Top Vocal Event:               Zac Brown Band & Alan Jackson