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Swift cleans up at CMAs

Thursday, November 12, 2009 – Taylor Swift walked away the big winner at Wednesday's Country music Association awards with four, including the most coveted entertainer of the year.

Swift at 19 became the youngest person ever to receive the award. And she had to compete against Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, George Strait and Brad Paisley to do so. She also was the first female artist in a decade to win the entertainer award. In the 43-year history of the CMA Awards, only 6 other female acts have won the coveted top prize: Loretta Lynn (1972), Dolly Parton (1978), Barbara Mandrell (1980,1981), Reba McEntire (1986), Shania Twain (1999) and the Dixie Chicks (2000).

Swift also won CMA Awards last night for Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for "Fearless" (with Swift being honored as both artist and producer) and Video of the Year (for Love Story). Earlier in the day, she received the CMA's International Artist Achievement Award. Swift shared last night's Album of the Year producer honors with her co-producer Nathan Chapman, and the Video of the Year Award with director Trey Fanjoy.

Other winners were:

Male Artist: Brad Paisley

Vocal Duo: Sugarland

New Group: Lady Antebellum

New Artist: Darius Rucker

Song: In Color by Jamey Johnson

Single of the Year: I Run to You by Lady Antebellum

Musician: Mac McAnally

Vocal Event: Brad Paisley with Keith Urban for Start a Band

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Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning »»»
Fearless CD review - Fearless
Taylor Swift took the county world by storm with her huge selling debut and its five hit singles. With a huge marketing push and myspace, Swift was on her way. Kind of like an Avril Lavigne for the teen female country set. Sophomore slump? There's no indication of that. Swift once again writes her material - all 13 songs here with help sometimes from Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Swift writes of what she knows about - relationships and teen love come and gone in songs speak to her fans. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels – Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
Concert Review: DBT rocks on – Drive-By Truckers still sometimes get miscategorized as alt.-country, but who's kidding whom? With three electric guitarists upfront exchanging hard rock licks all night, this is a blistering Southern rock band. Hitting the stage just before 10, the band played a satisfying 2-hour-plus set. At 11:40, Patterson Hood announced the band would be... »»»
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