It was a touching moment for the Swift family at the 2021 CMT Awards, when Taylor Swift won best family feature for her song The Best Day (Taylor's Version) and the accompanying music video.
The song is a thoughtful celebration of her family, including lyrics about childhood tractor rides and being comforted at the age of 13, when “I don’t know how/ My friends could be so mean”. The video is assembled from a collection of family home tapes, showing Taylor growing up with her parents.
"I LOVE YOU MOM," the musician wrote on Twitter after learning she was the winner, to the delight of the Taylor Swift fans replying underneath (and, we assume, to the delight of her mom too).
This year’s CMT Awards were the 55th edition of the awards ceremony and took place in Nashville, Tennessee, hosted by Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini.
It isn’t the first time Andrea’s cropped up at an awards ceremony. In 2015 she presented Taylor with the trophy for the Milestone Award during the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards.
The Best Day (Taylor's Version) is featured on her recent re-recording of her 2008 album, Fearless (Taylor's Version), released in April. In 2019, Taylor Swift told the world she would re-record her first six albums, including Fearless, after music exec Scooter Braun bought Big Machine, formerly Taylor’s record label. The singer said she made the decision so that she would own her music.
It was, she said in a Tumblr post at the time: “Music I wrote on my bedroom floor and videos I dreamed up and paid for from the money I earned playing in bars, then clubs, then arenas, then stadiums.”
“Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy. Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it,” she wrote. “This is my worst case scenario. This is what happens when you sign a deal at 15 to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept. And when that man says ‘Music has value,’ he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it.”
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