Taylor Swift Was Presented With An Award By Her Mother And Her Speech Will Give You The Feels
"For many years I was her constant companion, and I witnessed a young girl with very few friends become a young woman with many."
Sunday night, Taylor Swift received the Milestone Award at the American Country Music Awards.
But, in a lovely twist, it was Taylor's mother, Andrea, who presented her with the award just weeks after it was revealed she's been diagnosed with cancer.
Taylor announced the news via her Tumblr, telling fans that Andrea wanted her news to be made public in order to potentially help other families. She said:
She wanted you to know because your parents may be too busy juggling everything they've got going on to go to the doctor, and maybe you reminding them to go get checked for cancer could possibly lead to an early diagnosis and an easier battle.
But last night Andrea took to the stage at the awards ceremony to deliver a moving speech about her daughter, taking time to reference lovely moments from her childhood.
I've watched this milestone artist from the time she was a tangle-haired little girl growing up 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 has been to write a song, tell a story, play a guitar, or piano, and I've seen those things carry her through every emotion, every experience in her life, good or bad. Now, every once in a while her dad, her brother or I find ourselves to be the subjects of those songs. Sometimes we're merely the inspiration. Like the time she was 17 years old, and her dad and I strongly disapproved of a certain young man, and rightfully so. But she was mad. She was real mad, and she went to her room, and she closed the door, and she came out about an hour later with a song called "Love Story."
She went on to say that she's proud of the selfless woman Taylor's become, and the friendships she's made.
For many years, I was her constant companion, and 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 concluded her speech by revealing she's a "very proud mom".
Like many of you out there tonight with children of your own, I am a very proud mom. So I'd like to thank the ACMs for honouring [my daughter] in this way, but I'd also like to thank the entire music community for taking such good care of her. And to the fans. I know you love her as I love her, and for that, I thank you eternally. And so it's my pleasure, my pride and my joy to introduce my daughter, Taylor Swift.
Having Andrea present the award was especially moving since Taylor has in the past written songs about her close relationship with her mother.
She wrote "The Best Day" about Andrea in 2008, which features the lyrics:
"I'm 13 now
And don't know how
My friends could be so mean
I come home crying
And you hold me tight
And grab the keys
And we drive and drive
Until we found a town far enough away
And we talk and window shop
Till I forgotten all their names
I don't know who I'm gonna talk to now at school
But I know I'm laughing
On the car ride home with you
Don't know how long it's gonna take to feel OK
But I know I had the best day with you today."