In the bright lights of Hollywood (or even Nashville), many musicians come and go — but only the select few really stick around. Taylor Swift is one of those delicate few, and at the 2013 Country Music Association Awards, I couldn’t have thought of a better candidate for the Pinnacle Award.
The Pinnacle Award is given to an artist whose “talent and presence will have a long-term positive impact on the appreciation of country music for generations to come,” and Taylor Swift was so perfect for that honor. At the CMA Awards, she proved that she’s a strong, beautiful and talented musician who isn’t just a trend — she’s here to stay.
Taylor Swift — The Pinnacle Award Was Well Deserved
Taylor, 23, has opened for some of the biggest names in country — Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, George Strait, Brad Paisley. We were reminded when they all took the stage to present her with the second ever Pinnacle Award.
The only Pinnacle Award that the CMA has ever given out was in 2005, to Garth Brooks — not a bad act to follow. Taylor has been more successful than most adults, let alone most 23-year-olds.
Before the award, Nashville sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella sang Taylor’s “You Belong with Me,” and Taylor showered the girls with love after, looking truly touched.
While awarding her, Tim, who met Taylor after her first single, “Tim McGraw,” recognized that Taylor has already sold 26 million albums, and she’s written every single one of her own songs — a fact that is completely underrated. There are tons of huge and successful stars in the music world, but very few can say they’ve written every song on every album.
“I’ve known Taylor since she was 16,” Ed Hardy, the CMA President of the Board said in a statement. “She came to my office with her mom to play her music, and I was amazed. Taylor’s outstanding career epitomizes the definition of the Pinnacle Award.”
We’ve got to agree — one hundred percent.
Taylor’s A Humble, Talented Inspiration
Taylor has got to be one of the most down-to-Earth, real, girls in the industry. We saw her dancing along to almost every performance at the CMA Awards (and every other award show for that matter)!
In a world full of twerking, crop tops and wardrobe malfunctions, it’s quite a relief to see Taylor take the stage and continually perform one classy hit after another.
At the CMA Awards, she performed “Red,” with the help of many country A-listers, like Alison Krauss and Vince Gill. She was performing with two of country’s best and still remained humble and true to herself.
She was not showy, but truly grateful to be performing with them, and to just be in the company of such amazing stars. During the presentation, she got a shout out from the most prestigious, everyone from Mick Jagger to Julia Roberts, and she still didn’t appear to be proud or boastful, just simply happy.
Taylor is known for being extremely great to her fans, which I can firsthand attest to, and for helping others — she even opened the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum, increasing its educational capacity by seven times! It was a $4 million gift from Taylor to help others.
Talk about humble. Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Is Taylor the most genuine of all in the country world?
— Emily Longeretta