Taylor Swift was the subject of some star-studded praise Wednesday as she picked up the Pinnacle Award at the 47th annual Country Music Association Awards.
The award goes to artists who take country music to a worldwide audience. Garth Brooks is the only previous winner. He won in 2005.
A group of country music's elite came on stage to present the honor to Swift, including George Strait, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley -- all of whom gave Swift a chance to open for them on the road a teenager.
A video salute followed with appearances by Justin Timberlake, Julia Roberts, Carly Simon, Ethel Kennedy, Ellen DeGeneres and Mick Jagger -- whose appearance made Swift shout.
Taylor Receiving her Pinnacle Award
RED performance featuring Alison Krauss and Vince Gill