Taylor Swift’s 2015 ACM Awards Appearance Is Criticized Online & The Hate Is Totally Uncalled For
Country-turned-pop singer Taylor Swift never fails to captivate fans' attention during awards shows — even if she's just sitting in the audience. I was only a few minutes into the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night and my girl, Swift, didn't disappoint as cameras showed the "Shake it Off" songstress beaming and dancing to the first performance of the night. Swift was also mentioned briefly during hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan's monologue as one of the ACM's "all stars," so it should've been clear as to why she was there. However, some viewers weren't happy to see Taylor Swift at the ACM Awards, and took to Twitter to voice their displeasure.
Several tweets seemed to show genuine confusion over Swift's attendance, since the singer has essentially transitioned from a predominantly country sound to pop music over the course of her career, and they couldn't figure out why she is still attending country music awards shows. Meanwhile, others' tweets almost seemed to have a "put baby in a corner" tone to them — and no one puts baby in a corner! Here are a few such tweets that unfairly criticized Swift for her going to the ACM Awards.
Luckily, there was also plenty of support for Swift and accolades for her contributions to the country music genre.
It was announced that Swift would be the recipient of a Milestone Award at the ACMs, and I personally find that honor to be extremely well-deserved. After experimenting with the pop genre for years and writing several country-pop tracks that became fixtures on Top 40 radio, Swift decided to go full-on pop for her most recent album, 1989. Remember, though, Swift's roots are in country music, and just because she is taking a break from the genre, it doesn't mean that country music and Taylor are "never, ever, ever getting back together." Even if she never wrote a single country song again, there's no reason Ms. Swift can't show support for her peers and be honored for the work she contributed.
Hey, Taylor, if anyone else gives you flack for being at the ACMs, I suggest you bust out some more of those sweet dance moves and "Shake it Off."