Taylor Swift: CMA Awards Proved You’re A Genuine Music Icon

Thu, November 7, 2013 12:36pm EDT by 18 Comments
Taylor Swift CMA Pinnacle Award
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Guardian

Posted at 11:42 AM on November 8, 2013  

Taylor is a credit to all humanity. May the angels in heaven continue to watch over and protect her.

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Forever!

Posted at 8:48 AM on November 8, 2013  

This is it! Taylor Swift: The epic, the legend.. She deserves every bit of appreciation. She’s flawless. No one could have been better than her for this honour. Go Girl. So proud to call my self a Swifty.. You are my Idol. My favourite. Forever

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Linder

Posted at 9:24 PM on November 15, 2013  

OMG, what a freaking fake

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Joe

Posted at 6:43 AM on November 8, 2013  

LEGEND
ICON
GODDESS

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Sunshine33

Posted at 11:01 PM on November 7, 2013  

We understand your concern KT. But the secret is, Ms. Taylor Swift takes country music to the highest level (mainstream). What you may say, “A WHOLE NEW LEVEL”. She manipulates it so people like us (non country folks), I mean other demographics, example, city folks and others across the pond like some of our friends can enjoy listening to her music which translates to sold out concerts at most of the Arenas and Stadiums. Though others may have done the same but not to the caliber of Ms. Swift. She is the reason that most people tune in to see all of the awards show like CMA when she is there. You must expand your market if you want to sustainably survive in this global economy and Ms. Swift understands that concept and has applied that at the level that I know, most of their colleagues will concur. Most people did not care for country music till Ms. Swift comes along. She grabs everyone attention and deliver. That my friend, is the “MARK OF A TRUE MUSICIAN AND SHOWMANSHIP” AND “SHE DESERVES EVERY AWARD AND OR ACCOLADE THAT IS AND WILL BE BESTOWED ONTO HER”. If you cannot comprehend that, well, nothing we can do for you.

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Sandy

Posted at 9:38 AM on November 9, 2013  

You are wrong there a lot of people liked country music before Taylor came into the picture! She is pop not country! The award should go to someone who is true country not pop/country! I have seen her live and she was not good! The sign of a true artist in sny gene is one who sounds good live! She does not!

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cn

Posted at 8:21 PM on November 9, 2013  

But before Taylor Swift came along, country wasn’t as big as it is now. I agree that there were many people who liked country music before Taylor but she was the one who brought in a lot more. She especially brought country music to places all around the world, because it had originally only been popular mostly in America. She made it a worldwide genre. She was the one who opened up the genre of Country to others, who may have not been as interested in that music before her. Although she has been straying away from Country, she did introduce Country so so many people worldwide and I truly believe that this genre wouldn’t be as popular without her.

 
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Suzie

Posted at 10:46 PM on November 7, 2013  

I don’t think she should be in the country category anymore since obviously she’s not a country singer.

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merna

Posted at 7:45 AM on November 8, 2013  

oh really al her albums are country red is an country album because red includes alot of country songs like RED,BEGIN AGIN,STATE OF GRACE, I ALMOST DO, ALL TOO WELL ALSO ”WANGBT” IS COUNTRY POP the reast of the album is country pop except for i knew you were trouble and 22 and holly ground is pop songs okay don’t speak when you don’t know any thing

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KT

Posted at 9:11 PM on November 7, 2013  

@h8r: You find it funny to not know who one of the biggest legends in country is? Wow. Maybe if you actually paid attention to the world you’d realize what a wonderful and talented person Reba is. That she is also kind, funny, charitable, and actually already made an impact before Taylor was even born. If you can’t appreciate the people who shaped country to be what it is today than you aren’t a true fan of that genre.

With that being said. I will actually agree with James. When I first made a comment to this article, I did overreact a bit. The thing is when an award that is supposed to have huge meaning to it I’d think that people that have contributed to country world more would have received it first. There are plenty to choose from. Besides Reba….there’s Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Brooks and Dunn, Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, etc. When I think of country I think of them, among others. My problem mostly with the timing. Had she gotten later in life, after other artists were recognized first, I wouldn’t have cared. Maybe just an eye roll, but that’s it. heh

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Jonathan Woodfield

Posted at 3:50 AM on November 9, 2013  

The reward is for worldwide impact – not impact on the country world.

Most people in the world do not know who Reba, Randy Travis, Trace Adkins or Alan Jackson are.
Apart from Dolly Parton and Shania Twain the others you mentioned wouldn’t be far behind either.

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Robert Pruitt

Posted at 6:11 PM on November 14, 2013  

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,”

It also wasn’t created until 2005. As much as I truly love every artist you listed, what have they done since 2005 that “will have a long-term positive impact on the appreciation of country music for generations to come,” and is anything they have done since 2005 bigger than what Taylor Swift has done?…..No.

Try to keep things in perspective. We don’t come up with new laws and then go back over the previous 50 years and bust everyone who “broke the law”, and neither do we invent a new award and go back 50 years to award all those who WOULD have deserved it back in their peak before we get around to giving it to the new artists that do now.

Also you have to remember that in the not very distant past people who made “huge” impacts actually made very little impact compared to what they are doing today. You have the internet and cable T.V.to thank for most of that, not to mention all the shows that constantly talk about it(mostly on cable).
And while I have no numbers to back it up, I’m pretty confident that Taylor Swift has single-handedly gotten more non and anti country people into listening to country than all the stars you mentioned combined, or at least very close to the same number. Again you have the media and net to thank for a lot of it since we now get bombarded with EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING 24/7/365. Compare the ability to reach your audience now to just 10 years ago…It has gone up many magnitudes of order Hence she has made a truly huge impact compared to past generations did, or really even could have. It took something truly amazing to really get the exposure back in “the day”(think Elvis and The Beatles) But now it is as simple as everyone turning on the T.V. or looking at their phone.

Oh, and we have the Hall of Fame to recognize what the past generations accomplished.

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Aime bayle

Posted at 7:59 PM on November 7, 2013  

Taylor swift is the most beautiful genius that the world has ever known!

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gail

Posted at 7:56 PM on November 7, 2013  

i agree.
She’s one of those few who stays.. Taylor is such an amazing person. She deserved the award. No matter what haters says, it won’t affect her, it makes her grow stronger, than ever.
Keep it up T-swizzle.

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Dan12

Posted at 4:41 PM on November 7, 2013  

Taylor is outstanding. Can’t think of anyone more deserving of the Pinnacle Award.

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KT

Posted at 5:03 PM on November 7, 2013  

Um…REBA MCENTIRE. Taylor is beyond overrated and in ten years will only be a distant memory.

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h8r

Posted at 6:16 PM on November 7, 2013  

The funny thing is I don’t even KNOW who Reba Mcentire is. Taylor is not only talented but she is also kind-hearted and charitable. Her music has already left a mark on pop culture. So you’re wrong.

 
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James

Posted at 8:08 PM on November 7, 2013  

Every country artist has had a lasting impact on the music genre, no matter how small. I agree that Reba had an extraordinary impact on country music, especially regarding the incorporation of more women into performing country music and giving them hope. Taylor has been a hero and inspiration to thousands of people as well. I am not saying Reba is better or worse, and I agree that she should be recognized, but Taylor still cannot be sweeped under the carpet

 
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