Monday, November 4, 2013
– Taylor Swift will receive the Country Music Association's Pinnacle Award at The 47th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday.
The award recognizes an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in country music.
"I can't think of a better opportunity than 'Country Music's Biggest Night to present an award of this magnitude to an artist of this caliber," said CMA President of the Board Ed Hardy. "I've known Taylor since she was 16. 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."
Swift, who writes all of her own songs, has six CMA Awards nominations in 2013 including Entertainer of the Year; Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year (for her six million-selling "Red").
Swift now has 21 CMA Awards nominations and seven wins including her first in 2007 for the Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) and two for Entertainer of the Year (2009, 2011), which ties her with Barbara Mandrell for wins in that category by a female artist.
She was previously announced as a performer on the CMA Awards in a collaboration with Alison Krauss, CMA Musical Event of the Year nominee Vince Gill, CMA Musician of the Year nominee Sam Bush, bassist Edgar Meyer and percussionist Eric Darken.
The Pinnacle Award was created in 2005 when it was presented to Garth Brooks, the only other recipient.
At age 23, Swift is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album (2012's "Red" and 2010's "Speak Now") hit the 1 million first-week sales figure.
With "Red," Swift became the first artist since The Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at number one with three consecutive studio albums.
Swift has career record sales in excess of 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads worldwide
This year, the North American portion of Swift's Red Tour played to more than 1.36 million fans, with 66 shows (including 13 stadium stops), in 47 cities, in 29 states, and 3 provinces spanning 6 months. And, starting in late November, Swift will take her tour Down Under, performing stadium shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth, Australia as well as arena dates in Auckland, New Zealand. Swift will be the first solo female artist in 20 years to undertake a national stadium concert tour of Australia. The Red Tour heads to Europe in 2014.
Her Speak Now World Tour played 111 shows to more than 1.5 million fans in sold-out stadiums and arenas in 19 countries spanning four continents in 2011 and 2012. Her 107-date Fearless 2009/2010 Tour sold out arenas and stadiums in 88 cities in five countries.