Via press release:
CMA will present the Pinnacle Award to Nashville’s own global sensation Taylor Swift during The 47th Annual CMA Awards airing live WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 (8:00-11:00p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The Award recognizes 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.
“I can’t think of a better opportunity than ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night™’ to present an award of this magnitude to an artist of this caliber,” said CMA President of the Board Ed Hardy. “I’ve known Taylor since she was 16. 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.”
Swift, who writes all of her own songs, has six CMA Awards nominations in 2013 including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (for her six million-selling RED), and three nominations for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban for Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year. Swift now has 21 CMA Awards nominations and seven wins including her first in 2007 for the Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) and two for Entertainer of the Year (2009, 2011), which ties her with Barbara Mandrell for wins in that category by a female artist.
She was previously announced as a performer on the CMA Awards in a star-studded collaboration with Alison Krauss, CMA Musical Event of the Year nominee Vince Gill, CMA Musician of the Year nominee Sam Bush, bassist Edgar Meyer, and percussionist Eric Darken.
The Pinnacle Award was created in 2005 when it was presented to Garth Brooks, the only other recipient.
At age 23, Swift is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album (2012’s RED and 2010’s Speak Now) hit the 1 million first-week sales figure.
With RED, Swift became the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at No. 1 with three consecutive studio albums. RED has topped the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for seven weeks, following Fearless (11 weeks), and Speak Now (six weeks).
With more than 1.2 million copies sold in the U.S. in its first week, RED scored the highest first-week sales debut of any album in more than a decade, had the eighth largest first-week debut in chart history, and marked the second biggest week ever for a female artist. Taylor’s lead single from RED, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” set a new record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman, and for the second-largest sales week overall.