Taylor Swift faced long odds to win her second consecutive Entertainer of the Year awards at Sunday night’s 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony– but she did it.
22-year-old Swift became the second woman to win two consecutive Entertainer of the Year awards in the fan-voted category.
Swift had to attend the ceremony solo, though, as the New Jersey teenage cancer victim who scored a date with the singer to the show was hospitalized over the weekend. According to a Facebook post, 18-year-old Kevin McGuire
— who had tried to invite Swift to his prom — was admitted to the hospital on Friday night. Swift tweeted some well-wishes to her date, writing, “Just talked to Kevin McGuire … He’s not well enough to join me at the ACMs. Please keep him in your thoughts. I’ll make it up to you, Kevin!”
Blake Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert, also won big. Shelton won Male Vocalist of the Year and Lambert earned Female Vocalist and Album of the Year for “Four the Record”. It was her third Album of the Year win, which ties her with such legends as Alabama and George Strait in the category.
Last year’s “American Idol” winner, boggy-voiced country crooner Scotty McCreery, was named New Artist of the Year, while the original “Idol,” Kelly Clarkson, won two ACMs thanks to her collaboration with Jason Aldean on “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” The pair picked up Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for their duet.