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CMA honors Taylor Swift with prestigious Pinnacle Award

By Kevin Fitzsimmons, Web Producer
Published On: Nov 08 2013 11:30:29 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 08 2013 11:37:30 AM CST

Wyomissing native Taylor Swift received the Country Music Award's coveted Pinnacle Award on Wednesday.

Wyomissing native Taylor Swift received the Country Music Award's coveted Pinnacle Award on Wednesday.

"This is kind of like a night you have in your daydreams, where it's like everyone you love is there," Swift said. "It just was unreal, honestly."

The Pinnacle Award is presented to artists who've taken country music to a worldwide audience. The only other artist to win the award was Garth Brooks in 2005.

Those who knew Swift before she hit it big said they're glad she's going strong in Nashville.

Singer Pat Garrett said he remembers inviting Swift to play at his roadhouse and amphitheater in Upper Tulpehocken Township. He also remembers the advice he gave Swift's father years ago.

"He came to me and said, 'What am I gonna do with this kid?' I said, 'Well, Scott, in Hershey, they make bars, in Detroit, they make cars, and in Nashville, they make stars. Move to Nashville,'" Garrett recalled. "Three months later, we're standing in my sheepskin shop and he said, 'Well, we're going.'

Swift moved from Berks County to Nashville when she was 13.

One of her former teachers at Alvernia Montessori School in Reading said she was watching and rooting for Swift Wednesday night.

"Many young girls look up to her, and I have contact with some teenagers, and I would always say top them she is someone you can emulate because she's a good person," said Sister Ann Marie Coll

When Swift was in Berks County, her family lived on Grandview Boulevard in Wyomissing.