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I’ve watched this milestone artist from the time she was a tangled hair little girl growing up on our farm. Full of imagination & creativity, until right now as she prepares for her world tour. Ever since then her favorite thing is write a song, tell a story, play a guitar or piano & I’ve seen those things carry for every emotion every experience in her life, good or bad. (…) For many years I was her constant companion. I witnessed a young girl with very few friends, become a young women with many. Being brave enough to explore her musical curiosity, having a voice against those who hate and giving of herself to those who need. And many of you out there with children tonight of your own. I am a very proud mom. So I’d like to thank the ACM to honor her this way but I also like to thank the entire music community of taking such good care of her. To the fans, I KNOW, I know you love her as I love her & for that I thank you eternally.”

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The Force is strong in my family. 

My father has it… 

I have it… 

my sister has it… 

you have that power, too.

4

Guys… when I first was told that I had won a Shorty Award I felt really conflicted because I’m really tall, I didn’t understand what the honor was for but now I understand that it’s for the fact that you guys have been unbelievable on social media and I’m really happy about that. My second thought, just for the record was Shorty, wanna ride with me, ride with me, we can get low. Stop it. Stop it. Stop it, you’re in public.