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At age 23, Taylor Swift became only the second performer ever to receive the Country Music Association's Pinnacle Award at the 47th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Aired Wednesday, November 6, 2013 8-11pm ET on ABC.

The Pinnacle Award, which hasn't been presented since 2005 when the CMA gave it to Garth Brooks, was created to honor "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."

"Nashville" stars Lennon & Maisy Stella sang "You Belong with Me" to Taylor before introducing the award presenters.

Then a group of country music's elite came on stage to present the honor to Swift, including Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Keith Urban, and Brad Paisley -- all of whom gave Swift a chance to open for them on the road as a teenager.

A video salute followed with appearances by Vince Gill, Carly Simon, Keith Urban, Ethel Kennedy, Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, and Ellen DeGeneres.

The 23-year-old Swift recounted a call she got out of the blue from her Big Machine Records head Scott Borchetta when she was 16.

"He said, 'Can you be on the road in two days to open up for Rascal Flatts, and I just started screaming, I said, 'This has to be a miracle,'" she said. "He said, 'No, it's not a miracle. Eric Church got fired for playing too long."

She added: "You've made me feel so special right now, thank you."

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