Such an honor! For the first time ever, the American Music Awards presented the Dick Clark Award for Excellence on Nov. 23. Accepting the award was Taylor Swift, who already had quite a night at the AMAs.
Taylor Swift will surely never forget the year 2014 for a multitude of reasons. However, she added to her list of accomplishments on Nov. 23 when she became the first recipient of the Dick Clark Award for Excellence for her incredible and continued contributions to the music industry. Rock on, Swifty!!!
Taylor Swift Honored At The American Music Awards
After taking the stage earlier in the evening to perform her new hit single “Blank Space,” Taylor accepted the American Music Awards newest and henceforth highest honor: the Dick Clark Award for Excellence. Each year, the artist who achieves a groundbreaking feat or creates a landmark work will be honored with the award, and considering Taylor’s newest album ‘1989’ charted as the highest selling album released in 2014, she was more than qualified for the distinction.
And can we talk about how cute she was when accepting her award? First off, she kissed all of her besties on the way to the stage — Selena Gomez, Lorde, Karlie Kloss and even Sam Smith! Then, she had the honor of being handed her trophy from none other than the legend of Diana Ross, who dubbed her a “true superstar.” In her speech, Taylor thanked Dick Clark for her support, her friends, but most importantly, her fans, for recognizing “music is valuable” and that she’s loved getting to know each of them personally. So sweet!
Taylor Swift: Dick Clark Knew She Was ‘Something Special’
While sadly Dick Clark is no longer with us, he did get the pleasure of meeting and watching Taylor perform before his passing. According to his wife, Kari Clark, it would’ve made her late husband very happy to see Taylor honored in this way. “The first time Dick saw Taylor perform, he knew she was something special,” she said. “He would be thrilled to know she is the first artist to receive the Dick Clark Award for Excellence.” As are we all! Congrats again, Taylor!
— Dina Sartore-Bodo