Taylor Swift’s CMA Entertainer Win Has Stars Divided
Taylor Swift's fellow country artists continue to weigh in on the 19-year-old's Entertainer of the Year win at Wednesday night's CMA Awards.
Wynonna got the ball rolling even before the show aired, by telling USA Today she felt it was "too much too soon" to give Taylor the award. She later posted a message on her website which read in part: "Taylor is a beautiful, hard working young woman that deserves the success she has had and I support her as an artist and as a woman in the business."
Another multiple CMA Award winner, Randy Travis, expressed mixed feelings about Taylor's win, telling PEOPLE magazine, "As a writer, she is a phenomenal talent. When you look at the body of work that she has written at the age when she came into this business, it's remarkable. It really is. But do I think that Entertainer of the Year might have been a little early? In my opinion, yes, for whatever that's worth."
However, for the most part, Taylor's peers were elated with her CMA Entertainer win. As she worked the room at Tim McGraw's 'Blind Side' movie premiere party on Thursday, she was met by a multitude of hugs and "congratulations" from some of the biggest names in Nashville.
"I think she worked her tail off the last couple [of years] and she deserves to win," Faith Hill told PEOPLE at the premiere.
Faith's husband Tim added, "I've been doing this a long time and she's got a better head on her shoulders than I do, so I don't know how anybody could complain about that."
For the record, Taylor, who was just 14 when she signed her first publishing deal, told reporters backstage at the awards show, "I feel like it's been fast but it's also been a growth curve. I've watched the CMA Awards for as long as I can remember, and I got to come to my first one when I was 15. I know what it means to win a CMA Award. So I look at it from both ways."