Wynonna Says Taylor’s CMA Entertainer Win Is ‘Too Soon’
Taylor Swift's victory, at age 19, as the youngest CMA Entertainer of the Year has been the topic of much discussion and analysis. But it's a comment made by a former Entertainer of the Year nominee, Wynonna Judd, that fired up after the awards show -- and was just as quickly defused!
When asked about Taylor's Entertainer nomination in an interview before the CMA Awards show, Wynonna told USA Today, "You want my honest comment? It's too much too soon."
The singer, who was 22 when she and her mother Naomi were nominated in 1986 -- making her previously the youngest artist to be nominated in that category -- added, "Mom and I rode in a car for the first year of our career to visit radio stations. There was a making of the star, there was a rising up, and the fans went with us. Now it's over coffee breaks, the success, almost. It's like the girl who wins an Oscar and she's under 20. What do you do from here?"
Wynonna quickly clarified her remarks on her website's message board, saying,
I understand that my comment about Taylor Swift's Entertainer of the Year nomination came across as a negative statement. My intent was not to take anything away from her talent and contributions to the country music industry ... all of which are truly unprecedented for an artist of ANY age. 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."
Backstage during the CMAs, Wynonna and Naomi also hinted they may do more shows together in 2010. The act officially retired at a farewell concert in 1991 but have reunited at several special events since that time.