Taylor Swift's Mom Tearfully Presents Her With Milestone Award After Cancer Diagnosis

by Zach Seemayer 10:14 PM PDT, April 19, 2015
Playing Taylor Swift's Mom Tearfully Presents Her With Milestone Award After Cancer Diagnosis

When Taylor Swift was presented with the Milestone Award at the ACMs, the 25-year-old singing sensation got one of the sweetest, more heartwarming introductions of the night when her mother Andrea presented her with the honor.

It was an emotionally charged speech for the mother-daughter duo, especially in the light of Taylor’s recent announcement that her mom has been diagnosed with cancer.

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But Andrea didn't let anything dampen her excited mood and resolve as she spoke proudly about her daughter's monumental achievements in music.

"I've watched this milestone artist from the time she was a tangled hair little girl growing up on our farm, full of imagination and creativity," an emotional Andrea said to the massive audience at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. "And ever since then, her favorite thing in the world to do has been to write a song, tell a story, play a guitar, or a piano. And I've seen those things carry her through every emotion, every experience in her life. Good or bad."

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Andrea also acknowledged the role she and Taylor's father, Scott, have had in their daughter’s music.

"Every once in a while, her dad or I find ourselves to be the subject of those songs. Sometimes we're merely the inspiration," Andrea said, smiling. "Like the time she was 17-years-old and her dad and I strongly disapproved of a young man, and rightfully so. But she was mad, she was real mad, and she went to her room and she closed the door. She came out about an hour later with a song called 'Love Story.'"

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Mama Swift also showed some appreciation for how well the music industry has treated her baby girl.

"I'd like to thank the ACMs for honoring her in this way. But I'd also like to thank the entire music community for taking such good care of her," Andrea said. "And [to] the fans, I know you love her as I love her, And for that I thank you eternally."

"I am a very proud mom," Andrea added with tears in her eyes before introducing Taylor, who came out and embraced her mom a deeply emotional hug.


In her acceptance speech, Taylor also took the time to thank her fans in the country music community who stuck by her when she transitioned from country to pop with her album 1989.

"You truly see who a person is when you give them news that they weren't expecting," Taylor told the more than 70,000 people in the audience. "And so, to the country community, when I told you that I'd made a pop album and that I wanted to go explore other genres, you showed me who you are with the grace that you accepted that with."

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"I'm so unbelievably proud that I learned to treat people with kindness and respect from country music," the "Blank Space" singer added.

On April 9, Taylor shared the news of her mother's diagnosis on her Tumblr, writing that it was her mom that wanted her to tell people in an effort to encourage others to get screened. Check out the video below for more on Taylor's and Andrea's emotional revelation.