Taylor Swift's ACM Appearances Through the Years
was nominated for New Female Vocalist of the Year, which hopefully made up for the fact that she missed a major event in most high schoolers’ lives: “I didn’t go to prom this year, so I feel like this could be my equivalent of senior prom,” she said.
After winning the New Female Vocalist award and tearfully dedicating it to her mother Andrea, Taylor fulfilled her dream of, in her own words, “performing an angry song and having water rain down from the ceiling and having a little freakout onstage” with her dramatic rendition of “Should’ve Said No.”
T–Swift nabbed Album of the Year for her sophomore album Fearless and spoke out about her now somewhat infamous habit of name-calling in her songs: “If I talk to you for more than five minutes, I’m probably going to write a song about you.”
Her flair for drama reached its peak with her performance of “Change.” She flew above Las Vegas’s MGM Grand in a Love Story-esque balcony, quick-changed out of her sparkly dress into pants to run through the crowd and brought out a college a cappella group to back up the final chorus before ending with a graceful stage dive. It’s all in a day’s work for Taylor.
Swift won her first of two Entertainer of the Year awards and belted out her anti-bullying smash hit “Mean.” In spot-on foreshadowing, she sang, “Someday I’ll be living in a big old city, and all you’re ever gonna be is mean,” with a sparkly city skyline behind her.
This was her first ACMs with straight hair, people, so, uh, yeah, it was pretty monumental. Fans simultaneously mourned the end of an era and happily ushered in the new look. Oh, and Swift also won her second Entertainer of the Year award, NBD.
Even though Swift had, at this point, almost completed her total crossover into pop – she even performed “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” at the show – the country music community still welcomed her with open arms and several nominations, including an Album of the Year nod for Red.
Swift threw it back to her country roots, performing the video of the year-winning song “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. She also once again showed off her sense of humor about her reputation as a serial dater with a “For Your Consideration released prior to the ceremony.