Taylor Swift wore a red Elie Saab ball gown with Jimmy Choo shoes to the CMAs on Wednesday night (November 6). She also gave fans a peek via Twitter with the caption: “Dress. #CMARedCarpet”.
Swift was honored with the Pinnacle Award – an award that goes to artists who take country music to a worldwide audience. Garth Brooks is the only previous winner who won in 2005.
George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley – who all had Swift open for them when she was a teenager – stood on stage while a video salute played with appearances by Justin Timberlake, Julia Roberts, Carly Simon, Ethel Kennedy, Ellen DeGeneres and Mick Jagger.
According to CBS News – during her speech the 23-year-old Swift recounted a call she got out of the blue from her Big Machine Records head Scott Borchetta when she was 16.
“He said, ‘Can you be on the road in two days to open for Rascal Flatts,’ and I immediately started screaming and said, ‘This must be a miracle.” He said, ‘No, it’s not a miracle. Eric Church got fired for playing too long.'”
She added, “You’ve made me fell so special right now, thank you.”
Swift won just one of the five other awards she was nominated. She shared Music Video of the Year for Highway Don’t Care – her song with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. Swift also performed an acoustic version of her hit “Red” with Vince Gill, Alison Krauss and Sam Bush.