Taylor Swift sweeps CMAs and makes history
Taylor Swift made history at Wednesday night's Country Music Assn. Awards by becoming the youngest person, at only 19, to win the coveted entertainer of the year title. Only five women -- Loretta Lynn (1972), Dolly Parton (1978), Barbara Mandrell (1980, 1981), Reba McEntire (1986) and Shania Twain (1999) -- as well as one female group, the Dixie Chicks (2000), have received this honor in the 43-year history of the CMAs.
Swift -- who just two years ago was named best new artist by the CMA -- also won album of the year for her top-selling disc "Fearless," video of the year for "Love Story" and female vocalist. Among those she edged out for that last award was show co-host Carrie Underwood, who had taken this prize the last three years running.
Her co-host on the ABC kudocast, Brad Paisley -- who led with half a dozen nominations -- was just one of three of last year's champs to repeat with his third-in-a-row male vocalist win. Paisley also shared the trophy for musical event with Keith Urban for their duet "Start a Band."
Sugarland won its third consecutive duo award despite the impending breakup of sentimental favorites Brooks & Dunn, who dominated this category every year but one from 1992 to 2006 (Montgomery Gentry bested them in 2000). Musician of the year was once again all-rounder Mac McAnally.
Before Darius Tucker, formerly of Hootie and the Blowfish, won the new artist award for his million-selling disc "I Want to Live," the only African American to be honored with a major CMA award was Charley Pride, who won entertainer of the year back in 1971 as well as male vocalist that year and the next.
With their win for vocal group, last year's best new artists Lady Antebellum ended a six-year run by Rascal Flatts. The group also won for its top-selling single "I Run to You." Singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson, along with James Otto and Lee Thomas Miller, won song of the year for "In Color."
Photo: Taylor Swift backstage at the CMAs (Getty Images)