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article imageTaylor Swift walks away with top honors at the 2009 CMA awards

By Alisa Driscoll     Nov 12, 2009 in Entertainment
The 43rd annual Country Music Association awards took place last night in Nashville where Taylor Swift made history in becoming the youngest artist to ever receive the Entertainer of the Year award.
Swift's win of Entertainer of the Year came as a bit of a shock. Country icon Kenny Chesney, who was also nominated, has won the award every year for the past three years running. In winning, she not only becomes the youngest person ever to win the esteemed award, but the first women in a decade to have won.
"I'll never forget this moment because at this moment everything that I ever wanted has just happened to me," said Swift in her acceptance speech of the award.
Swift, who is only 19 years old, also took home awards for Album of the Year for "Fearless", Music Video of the Year for "Love Story" and Female Vocalist of the Year, winning all categories in which she was nominated. She also performed "Fifteen" and "Forever and Always."
Keeping her well-known sense of humor intact, she referenced the infamous Kanye West interruption of her awards speech and the MTV Video Music Awards when accepting her Female Vocalist of the Year award.
"I want to thank every single person here tonight for not running up on stage during this speech," she said.
Brad Paisley, the show's host, was honored with the Male Vocalist of the Year award as well as Musical Event of the Year for his collaboration with Keith Urban.
The New Artist of the Year award was given to Darius Rucker (of Hootie and the Blowfish fame). His first country album, "Live and Learn" has sold an estimated 1 million copies to date. Rucker also makes history in being the first African American to pick up a major, individual category CMA since Charley Pride in 1972.
Last year's New Artist of the Year winners Lady Antebellum won in the categories of Vocal Group of the Year as well as Single of the Year for "I Run to You."
Other winners include Sugarland for Vocal Duo of the Year, Mac Macanally for Musician of the Year while the Song of the Year went to "In Color" by Jamey Johnson.
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