Taylor Swift Awarded CMA International Artist Achievement Honor

Taylor Swift has become the newest recipient of the Country Music Association’s International Artist Achievement Award, CMA officials announced Thursday (Nov. 12). Brooks & Dunn, who won the award last year, made the presentation earlier this week during rehearsals for the 43rd annual CMA Awards that took place Wednesday (Nov. 11) in Nashville. Swift won in four categories, including entertainer of the year, at the awards show. The CMA International Artist Achievement Award recognizes outstanding U.S.-based artists who contribute the awareness and development of country music throughout the world. Swift’s latest album, Fearless, has achieved gold and platinum certifications in five continents and 14 nations. Her recording of “Love Story” reached No. 1 in Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and she performed promotional and concert tours in Australia, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom in 2008 and 2009. Previous recipients of the CMA’s international award include Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, the Dixie Chicks, Dwight Yoakam and Dierks Bentley.