Taylor Swift won top honours at the Academy of Country Music Awards,taking home the Entertainer of the Year award. Taylor had previously earned top honours at the CMA Awards,the Grammys,the American Music Awards and the CMT Music Awards.
Taylor enthralled both the crowd and the television viewers with a live rendition of her new single Mean, surprising many with her first-ever televised ganjo performance. Just after the show the Associated Press raved that 21-year old Taylor has helped country musics cool factor beyond measure.
Her win capped a great week for Taylor,who just four days earlier wrapped the overseas portion of her Speak Now World Tour 2011 with a sold-out show at Londons O2 Arena. Just prior to the London show,Big Machine and Universal Music Group executives presented Taylor with a plaque commemorating sales of 20 million albums. The same week,the Academy of Country Music honoured Taylor with the Jim Reeves International Award for her outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.
Taylor will kick off the North American part of her tour on May 27 with two already sold-out shows at Omahas Qwest Center. In total,Taylor will have headlined 97 stadium and arena shows in 19 countries this year.