Lennon and Maisy Stella sing a little song during the 2013 CMA Awards held at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night (November 6) in Nashville, Tenn. The two sister singer/actresses sang a chorus of Taylor Swift‘s “You Belong With Me”, and Taylor even sang along — catch the video below!
Taylor Swift was a big winner at the 2013 CMAs. The 23-year-old country superstar, who was nominated for six trophies and took home three, wore a voluminous red boatneck, Ellie Saab dress that featured red sequined embellishments that cascaded down the front of the dress and a full skirt that reminded us of Jennifer Garner’s 2007 Met Gala gown.
In an (unintentional?) homage to her album “Red”, Swift paired her ruby gown with matching lips and completed the look with a low chignon.
It was a big night for the “You Belong With Me” singer, who also took home the Pinnacle award – an honour that is given to artists who have achieved worldwide success and recognition through concerts and album sales (Taylor is in great company: Garth Brooks is the only other recipient of the award).
Thanks to Jessica at Castle Fans, I’ve uploaded HQ scans of Taylor on the cover of Instyle magazine this month. Check them out in the gallery!
Taylor Swift is already a winner at the upcoming Country Music Association Awards. The 23-year-old country star is set to receive the rare Pinnacle Award for her worldwide success and her contribution to country music.
Swift will accept the award on November 6, during the 47th Country Music Awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. Interestingly, the “I Knew You Were Trouble” crooner will become the second person to receive the honor.
The Pinnacle Award was created in 2005 to “recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in Country Music.” Garth Brooks is the first artist to win the award.
“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.”
In addition to receiving the award, Swift will battle against other country singers in six categories that include Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Swift will also take the stage at the annual event to perform with the likes of Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer and Eric Darken.
Taylor was at the Radio 1 Teen Awards on the weekend (photos coming soon), and she presented an award with Fearne Cotton! Check the video out below:
Congratulations to Taylor!
Crying babies, Win Butler’s Kanye moment, a faked double suicide, face painting, a makeup-free Lady Gaga in plaid and a trucker’s cap. There were all kinds of unexpected moments on the first YouTube Music Awards, as imagined by Spike Jonze and carried off by the odd couple hosts Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts.
Eminem, Taylor Swift and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were among the winners during Sunday night’s live webcast from New York. But the awards were sort of beside the point as Jonze and others directed live videos with Eminem, Gaga, M.I.A. and rapper Earl Sweatshirt, and Schwartzman and Watts careened about the soundstage with only notecards to point the way.
Eminem was named artist of the year before performing a word-perfect version of his new lung-busting tour de force “Rap God,” filmed in black and white. Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” won YouTube phenomenon and Macklemore and Lewis won YouTube breakthrough.
Actress Greta Gerwig kicked the awards off as the protagonist of a live video of Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife,” directed by Jonze. Gerwig appears to break up with her boyfriend, then expresses the emotions she’s feeling in an interpretive dance that moves from apartment to forest to soundstage with a little visual trickery.
A short while later Schwartzman and Watts admitted they would be working the 90-minute show without a script – with just notecards standing between them and awkward pauses and brief technical difficulties.
“This is all about anything happening,” Schwartzman said, and it sort of did.
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler stepped into the shot to take photos with his iPhone, the show’s hosts ran through the crowd a few times, climbed a ladder, participated in face-painting, performed not one but two improvised songs and in the show’s most awkward moment carried babies through the crowd and tried to interview Macklemore and Lewis as they cried.
“So do we get to keep the babies?” Macklemore asked.
Schwartzman said the night was about creativity, and it certainly was creative.
Earl Sweatshirt and fellow rapper Tyler, the Creator, performed their song “Sasquatch” in the midst of a mosh pit, using hand-held cameras to relay the frenetic experience. Lady Gaga went the opposite way, performing her new song “Dope” wearing just a black cap, sunglasses and a plaid shirt. She sat alone at a piano, with the camera tight on her face. She removed the glasses to reveal tears on her face as she sang.
Avicii played the dumb hot guy part in a short film that concluded with a blood-spattered faked double suicide and Butler made a return to the stage when he jokingly interrupted as a group of Swift fans accepted her award, recreating the infamous moment when Kanye West rushed the stage during Swift’s win at the MTV Video Music Awards.
“Not Taylor Swift,” Butler said. “I’m gonna let you finish. Not Taylor Swift. The YouTube phenomenon of the year was definitely the `Harlem Shake.’ I don’t know. No disrespect, but everybody knows that if you’ve ever been on YouTube, so whatever.” He then dropped the mic and walked off stage.
Other winners included Girls’ Generation, DeStorm and Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix.
The second of Sheeran’s three sellout concerts at Madison Square Garden featured Taylor as his surprise guest onstage to perform an acoustic rendition of “Everything Has Changed”, eleven months after the duo first performed the song live on the same stage.
Check out a video of Taylor performing ‘The Last Time’ with Gary Lightbody on X Factor UK on the weekend.
Taylor’s single for ‘One Chance’ is available for download on iTunes! Check it out below:
As I posted earlier, the Taylor Swift Education Centre has opened in Nashville. Check out some photos of Taylor at the opening.