Taylor Swift will be presented with the Pinnacle Award during The 47th Annual CMA Awards, which air live on ABC at 8/7 on ABC. The award recognizes an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence at levels unique in Country Music. The artist has also attained the highest degree of recognition within the broad expanse of music worldwide and their talent and presence will have a long-term positive impact on the appreciation of Country Music for generations to come.
“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.”
Taylor is nominated for six CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Red, and three nominations for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban for Single, Musical Event and Music Video of the Year. Taylor has 21 CMA Award nominations and seven wins, including her first in 2006 for the Horizon Award, now New Artist of the Year, and two for Entertainer of the Year in 2009 and 2011, which ties her with Barbara Mandrell for wins in that category by a female artist.