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