Taylor Swift Charming and Gracious in Victory

Taylor Swift's album "Fearless" has gone Gold or Platinum in 14 countries.  That garnered her a FIFTH award at the Country Music Awards show this past Wednesday night.

Brooks and Dunn, who won the award last year, presented her with the award backstage at the CMA's.

She had quite a night.  In sports, they would call it a "career" night, one in which she won as many awards as a successful star might win in an entire career.  She did it in one night, representing just one year of what will become an even more amazing career as she progresses.  She is 19 years old.  Album of the Year (Fearless), Female Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year (Love Story), and ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR!

How can she have accomplished so much at such a young age? (She also hosted Saturday Night Live last week, just before the CMA's.)  There are few others who have achieved so much at so young an age.  None, now that I try to think of one, at least in the professional music business.   

Traits that young stars seem to have in common include incredible energy, creativity and an almost unbearable need to express it in as huge a manner as possible.  They are ambitious, true, but, in the beginning at least, huge success and money is NOT what seems to motivate them.

Miley Cyrus seems to be that way too.

Both of these young women began their incredible careers at a very young age.  Miley had the advantage of a fairly well-known Father, Billy Ray, plus the Disney organization as a launching pad.  (Hannah Montana)

Taylor Swift moved herself (with her adult family) to Nashville, where she launched herself, at what, about age 13?  Launched herself. No other way to put it.

I have seven grandchildren; and all are girls.  I hope that my grandkids will develop just HALF the drive and ambition of these two.  I wish them both continued success.


  1. She does seem to have it all together doesn't she? I hope she keeps herself down to earth and stays as nice as she seems.

  2. Don't forget about Leann Rimes

    LeAnn Rimes was born on Aug. 28, 1982, in Jackson, Miss., with the first name Margaret. Raised in Garland, Texas, she won her first talent show in 1987 and sang the national anthem at various sporting events. Her parents recorded an album to sell at gigs when she was 7, and four years later she recorded the album All That produced by her father Wilbur at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, N.M. One track, an aching ballad, "Blue," had been written by disc jockey Bill Mack for Patsy Cline who died before it could be recorded. Roy Drusky and Kenny Roberts subsequently cut the song, but Mack felt that it was ideal for Rimes.

    While listening to tapes on holiday, record executive Mike Curb heard Rimes' voice, rushed to a phone and offered her a contract with his nationally distributed label. On her debut album for Curb, she reworked "Blue." (Its B-side was a yodeling duet of "Cattle Call" with 78-year-old Eddy Arnold.) In 1996, the new version of "Blue" peaked at No. 10, but its retro musical approach and girlish charm propelled the 13-year-old to instant stardom. She won the Grammy for best new artist and the CMA Horizon award in 1997. The album sold more than 8 million copies and also included the peppy No. 1 hit, "One Way Ticket."

    And -

    Tanya Tucker

    Tanya Denise Tucker (born October 10, 1958, in Seminole, Texas) is an American country music artist who had her first hit, "Delta Dawn", in 1972 at the age of 13. Over the succeeding decades, Tucker became one of the few child performers to mature into adulthood without losing her audience, and during the course of her career, she notched a streak of Top 10 and Top 40 hits.[1] She has produced a long string of successful albums, several nominations for awards from the Country Music Association, and hit songs that includes 1973's "What's Your Mama's Name?" and "Blood Red and Going Down," 1975's "Lizzie and the Rainman," and 1988's "Strong Enough to Bend".[2]

  3. We like Taylor Swift too! She is an amazing person. Now she's going to have a greeting card line with American Greetings!


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