Taylor Swift will become only the second recipient ever of the Country Music Assn.'s Pinnacle Award, presented to an artist who dominates music worldwide. She'll receive the award during Wednesday's telecast of the 47th annual CMA Awards on ABC-TV.
The CMA came up with the Pinnacle Award in 2005 and gave it that year to Garth Brooks, whose streak of hit albums in the 1990s and 2000s has placed him third, behind only the Beatles and Elvis Presley, on the Recording Industry Assn.'s list of top-selling album artists of all time.
"I've known Taylor since she was 16," CMA President of the Board Ed Hardy said in a statement announcing the award. "She came to my office with her mom to play her music, and I was amazed. Taylor's outstanding career epitomizes the definition of the Pinnacle Award."
That award was created to recognize "an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in country music. The artist has also attained the highest degree of recognition within the broad expanse of music worldwide. The artist's talent and presence will have a long-term positive impact on the appreciation of country music for generations to come."
She's nominated this year for six CMA Awards, including entertainer, female vocalist and album of the year for "Red," which has sold more than 3.8 million copies in the U.S. since its release one year ago.
Swift also is slated to perform during the show in a collaborative segment also featuring Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer and Eric Darken.
The show will air live from Nashville, except on the West Coast, where it will be tape delayed and shown in prime time from 8 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
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