For only the second time in history, the CMA will present its Pinnacle Award to an artist who has proven to be a global sensation. Taylor Swift will receive the honor during the CMA Awards telecast live Wednesday on ABC. According to the Country Music Association, the award "recognizes an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in country music. The artist has also attained the highest degree of recognition within the broad expanse of music worldwide. The artist’s talent and presence will have a long-term positive impact on the appreciation of country music for generations to come."
The Pinnacle Award was created in 2005 when it was presented to Garth Brooks, the only other recipient. Taylor has six CMA nominations in 2013 including Entertainer of the Year; Female Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year (for the six-million-selling "Red"); and three nominations for "Highway Don’t Care" with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban for Single, Musical Event and Music Video of the Year. She has amassed 21 CMA nominations and seven wins, including her first in 2007 for the Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) and two for Entertainer of the Year (2009, 2011), which ties her with Barbara Mandrell for wins in that category by a female artist.
Taylor will be among the performers on the show in a star-studded collaboration with Alison Krauss, CMA Musical Event of the Year nominee Vince Gill, CMA Musician of the Year nominee Sam Bush, bassist Edgar Meyer and percussionist Eric Darken.
The 47th Annual CMA Awards air live Wednesday night from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena at 8:00 PM ET on ABC.