Taylor Swift makes history at Country Music Awards

Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:22am EST
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By Vernell Hackett

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Teenage singing sensation Taylor Swift claimed a piece of music history on Wednesday when she became the youngest artist ever to win the coveted title of Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Awards.

Swift, 19, also claimed awards for Female Vocalist of the Year, Music Video of the Year for her song "Love Story" and Album of the Year with "Fearless."

"I'll never forget this moment because at this moment everything that I ever wanted has just happened to me," a tearful Swift said when accepting her award.

The fan favorite also had some fun at the expense of rap star Kanye West, who last month interrupted her acceptance speech at the MTV Music Video Awards by rushing onto the stage and telling the audience that R&B star Beyonce -- and not Swift -- should have won best female video.

"I want to thank every single person here tonight for not running up on stage during this speech," Swift said when picking up her trophy for female vocalist.

After the show, Swift told reporters she would always be grateful. "I feel so lucky. This has been a fun night," she said.

She won Entertainer of the Year over some of the biggest names in country music, including Kenny Chesney, who had claimed the honor for three straight years heading into Wednesday's ceremony in the capitol of country, Nashville.

The Country Music Awards are one of the year's top honors for county and western singers.   Continued...

<p>Singer Taylor Swift (C) accepts the Entertainer of the Year award as she is surrounded by members of her band at the 43rd annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville November 11, 2009. REUTERS/Tami Chappell</p>