Taylor Swift may have been the butt of the joke at the 2014 Country Music Association Awards in November, but she was honored at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night. The 25-year-old “Style” singer was in attendance to receive the special 50th Anniversary Milestone Award.
Swift, along with six other artists, will receive the award, which commemorates their achievements in country music. The pop singer is part of the honorees after becoming the youngest winner of the ACM Entertainer of the Year Award. She took home of the prestigious honor at the age of 21 in 2009.
Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, George Strait and Brooks & Dunn will also be taking home the 50th Anniversary Milestone award. According to Billboard, the trophy was designed by jeweler David Yurman and features black diamonds, sterling silver and white gold.
As fans of Taylor Swift and country music already know, the singer made the leap to pop music last year with her album “1989.” The bold, yet successful move, rubbed some folks in the country world the wrong way. At the 2014 CMA Awards, hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley mocked Swift’s country departure and introduced a new term: “Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder” or “PPTSD.”
“Why isn’t our government doing something about this?” Paisley joked. “I’ll be the first one to say that President Obama does not care about Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder.”
The dig at Swift ended on a friendly note though. “Good luck, Taylor, and all our sincerity we’re rooting for you,” the hosts sang. “And if you ever want to come back there’s a seat for you right here. It’s Blake’s [Shelton], we’ll kick him out.”
The ACM Awards airs on Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. EDT. For live stream information click HERE.