According to the CMA official website, the Entertainer award is given to the act "displaying the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field." In voting, CMA members are encouraged to consider not only an artist's recorded music but also his/her live performances, along with "staging, public acceptance, attitude, leadership, and overall contribution to the Country Music image."
We'd say that pretty much defines Miss Swift, especially coming off of her elaborate, record-breaking Speak Now World tour. "To look out into a stadium full of people is the most overwhelming feeling – it's a sea of people and you can't see the end of it," Taylor said Wednesday night after her big win. "They're the ones who decide whether you're playing in a theater or a stadium. I'm absolutely in awe of the fact that they have taken it further and further and topped themselves every single year."
Looks like the country superstar is topping herself every single year, as well. This was her second Entertainer of the Year win, with the first being in 2009, and her seventh career CMA victory. This year, Taylor beat out Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban for the Entertainer honors in what was one of the most unpredictable categories of the night. Taylor now joins Barbara Mandrell as the only women in the CMA's 45 year history to score two CMA Entertainer of the Year trophies, and at 21-years-old she's the youngest lady in history to do so.
The North American leg of the songbird's Speak Now World tour wraps up later this month with two sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. She'll take a short break for the holidays before packing her passport for dates in Australia and New Zealand next year. And in true, hard-working Taylor style, she's already thinking about her next headlining journey.
"I am so proud of this tour, and the reason why it's so much fun is because I obsess over how to treat each song," says the newly-crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year. "One of the things that I love about the Speak Now tour is that it's very theatrical, and each song has its own treatment. The reason I obsess over it so much is that I obsess over writing them so much ... With this next album, I'm so excited because I've been writing so much. We're still in the first gear of making it, so as we finish songs and demo them in my producer's basement, I can picture them being played on the stage.
"It's such a fun, daydreaming job to have," she continues. "You spend so much of your time planning and daydreaming about the future, and it's a blast to get to call that a career."