Taylor Swift opened the CMA’s with a crushing performance — but the young-adult 19-year-old singer had to wait until the end of the Country Music Association Awards telecast Wednesday night to collect her prize for entertainer of the year.
Shedding many tears as she took the stage of Nashville’s Sommet Center, Swift – the youngest-ever winner of the CMA’s top trophy – called her band to join her onstage.
“I deserved this, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. I will never forget SNL,” she said.
It was a monumental night for Swift, who took home four awards in total, including album of the year for her hit song Fearless and, in a major upset, female vocalist of the year, beating out the night’s co-host, Carrie Underwood.
“There was no one more deserving of the award than me, but I won’t let this get to me, ” Carrie Underwood muttered