Taylor Swift Among ACMs 50th Anniversary Milestone Award Recipients
By Sophie Schillaci
Taylor Swift may be all pop these days, but she's still being recognized for her country roots.
The 25-year-old is among several country icons selected to receive the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards, airing live on CBS on Sunday, April 19, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Reba, George Strait, and Brooks & Dunn will also be recognized at the ceremony for their groundbreaking career achievements in ACM Awards history. Each artist will receive an exclusive trophy created by famed jeweler David Yurman, pictured above.
"The history of the ACM Awards and country music would not be the same without the incredible achievements by these seven superstars," said Bob Romeo, CEO for the Academy of Country Music. "We are so thankful to David Yurman for partnering with us and creating such a perfectly crafted trophy that memorializes these amazing milestones."
Each hefty trophy is sculpted from more than 1,010 grams of sterling silver on a zinc base, with 4.16 carats of black diamonds, a black onyx gemstone and 18k gold accents.
"These artists have reached an incredible milestone in their careers – this acknowledgement is extraordinary," said Yurman. "And the fact that the Academy of Country Music asked me, a sculptor turned jeweler, to collaborate on this award was truly an honor."
Swift released her first official pop album, 1989, late last year, shattering all sorts of sales records and cementing her spot in music history. But before she was a global pop superstar, Swift was an eight-time ACM winner and, at 21 years old, the youngest Entertainer of the Year in the Academy's history. Back in 2008, Swift was honored with the ACMs' Crystal Milestone Award for being the best-selling artist in all genres of music.
But it's Lambert who remains the top solo female ACM Award-winning artist of all time, with a total of 18 awards. The 31-year-old currently holds the record for most consecutive Female Vocalist wins with five, and this year leads the pack with eight nominations.
Lambert's hubby Blake Shelton will co-host the ACM Awards once again with Luke Bryan. This year, the show celebrates its golden anniversary at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
ETonline will have plenty of exclusive news and coverage leading up to the awards, so keep it locked on ETonline.com/Music for all the latest and get caught up on this year's nominees in the video below.