Andrea Finlay took the stage at the Arlington, Texas event to present her daughter, Taylor Swift with the Milestone Award. Swift was one of seven honorees for the Milestone Award at the 2015 ACM Awards. The Academy of Country Music Awards shared a spectacular musical moment Sunday night, and one emotional speech.

Watch Taylor Swift Wins Milestone Award at the 2015 ACM Awards.

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Taylor Swift wins Milestone Award at the 2015 ACM Awards.

After a touching tribute chronicling her eight-year journey from teenage songstress to an accomplished young woman of many talents and styles, Taylor Swift’s mother, Andrea, who just recently revealed she’s been diagnosed with cancer, walked on stage to present the prestigious award.

I’ve watched this milestone artist from the time she was a tangled-hair little girl on our farm, full of imagination and creativity, until right now as she prepares for her next world tour. And ever since then, her favorite thing in the world to do is to write a song, tell a story, play guitar or piano, and I’ve seen those things carry her through every emotion, every experience in her life, good or bad“, adding that sometimes her family is the inspiration.

Andrea Finlay also told the origin story of one of the artist’s biggest hits.

Her dad and I strongly disapproved of a certain young man“, she said with a smirk. “She was mad — she was real mad — and she went to her room and closed the door, and came out about an hour later with a song called ‘Love Story’“.

I witnessed a young girl with very few friends become a young woman with many, learning to stand up for herself and the things she believes in, being brave enough to explore her musical curiosity, having a voice against those who hate, and giving of herself to those in need“, she continued. “I am a very proud mom“.

Taylor Swift accepted the award with an emotional hug, and recognized the country music community for being accepting of her latest ventures into the pop realm.

When I told you I wanted to make a pop album and explore other genres, you showed me who you are with the grace you accepted that with. I’m so happy that I learned to write songs in a town like Nashville. I’m so grateful that I learned what hard work is from my heroes who are all sitting here, and so unbelievably proud that I learned to treat people with kindness and respect from country music“.

Taylor Swift was the youngest artist to ever win album of the year at the ACMs and has won seven ACM awards over the course of her career.


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