Taylor Swift broke down in tears after receiving the Entertainer of the Year award at the Country Music Association Awards — becoming the youngest person ever to win the top prize.
It was Swift’s night as the 19-year-old dominated the 43rd annual event in Nashville on Wednesday, taking home gold in every category she was nominated in, including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Fearless, and Music Video of the Year for “Love Story.”
Accepting the Entertainer of the Year trophy, the Association’s top prize, Swift teared up as she told the crowd, “Every single person in that category let me open up for them this year. Thank you all so much.”
He announced, “This was the best time I’ve ever had at an awards show.”
Country duo Brooks & Dunn, who are set to split in 2010, took to the stage with ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons for a rousing rendition of “Honky Tonk Stomp” in their last-ever performance at the CMAs.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
Single of the Year: “I Run to You” – Lady Antebellum
Album of the Year: Fearless – Taylor Swift
Song of the Year: “In Color” – Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto
Female Vocalist of the Year: Taylor Swift
Male Vocalist of the Year: Brad Paisley
Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
Musical Event of the Year: Start a Band – Brad Paisley (duet with Keith Urban)
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally
Music Video of the Year: “Love Story” – Taylor Swift
New Artist of the Year: Darius Rucker
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