Taylor Swift Tops Country Music Awards with Four Wins
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood
Thanks to four wins and two live performances, the 2009 Country Music Association Awards belonged to Taylor Swift.
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Swift nabbed all four awards she was nominated for — female vocalist of the year, best album for Fearless, best music video for "Love Story" and, the final award of the night, entertainer of the year.
"I will never forget this moment because in this moment everything that I have ever wanted has just happened to me," the 19-year-old cried when she got her last award.
She's the youngest ever to win the entertainer of the year award, and the first solo woman since Shania Twain (in 1999).
Swift was the only singer to perform twice during the ceremony. She opened the show with a energetic performance of her angsty and bitter love tirade "Forever and Always" that saw her slide down a pole and throw furniture.
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"If guys don't want me to write bad songs about them, then they shouldn't do bad things," Swift told Access Hollywood's Nancy O'Dell in a fake interview right before the performance. Swift performed her new single "Fifteen" during the second-half of the show.
Other winners at the Nashville ceremony included Lady Antebellum, who won vocal group and single of the year for "I Run to You," and Jamey Johnson, whose "In Color" won song of the year. Sugarland took home vocal duo of the year while Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish fame nabbed new artist of the year. Rucker became the first black singer to take home the award.
Co-hosting the ceremony with nominee and performer Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley was named male vocalist of the year and won musical event of the year with Keith Urban for "Start a Band."
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Swift not only went home with some major hardware, she and the audience enjoyed jokes at Kanye West's expense.
Underwood and Paisley were the first to take a stab at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards scene-stealer. The two performed the tune "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" but changed the words to "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Kanyes."
Taylor Swift alludes to Kanye West once -- once!
And the show wasn't done zinging West, as none other than 88-year-old Little Jimmy Dickens of the Grand Ole Opry got in another shot.
Underwood was complimenting her co-host, saying Paisley's music video for "Welcome to the Future" was one of her favorites of the year, when Dickens ambushed the stage. "Excuse me, sir," he said, cutting off Paisley. "I'll let you finish later. I know you had a nice video and all, but Taylor Swift made the best video of all time. Of all time! You go, girl!"
Swift laughed along with the rest of the crowd before Paisley squeezed in the last laugh. "What kind of security do we have that a 4-foot, 9-inch, 85-year-old man gets by it," he said.