Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Taylor Swift Caps 24 Hours to Remember with Win at Acms

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Taylor Swift Caps 24 Hours to Remember with Win at Acms

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There was little surprise when Taylor Swift won entertainer of the year at The Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night -- except maybe in how little surprise the 22-year-old sensation showed when her name was called.

Ms. Swift displayed none of her normal expressions of astonishment after winning the academy's top honor for the second year in a row. And, in fact, neither did her competitors, who gracefully if grimly acknowledged her as she hugged her way to the stage. With millions of albums sold and millions of new fans turned on to country music -- and turning out to vote for her -- the award had the feel of a coronation.

"She deserved it," fellow nominee and show co-host Blake Shelton said. "When those announcements came out who was nominated, I remember saying right then -- I don't think I said I hope Taylor wins because I hoped I would win -- but Taylor deserves it. I don't think there is anyone with half a brain that would say otherwise. She has done a lot for us in country music. …

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