Taylor Swift won big at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night when she took home the Milestone Award. But it was her mother Andrea Swift’s heartwarming speech about her daughter that really stole the show.
Andrea made headlines last week after Swift revealed that her mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite her health problems, she was on stage to present her daughter with the award and honor her with the most beautiful speech — one that will undoubtedly leave you with tears in your eyes.
“I’ve watched this milestone artist since she was a tangled-haired little girl growing up on our farm, full of imagination and creativity, until right now, as she prepares for her next world tour,” Andrea told the crowd. “And ever since then, her favorite thing in the world to do has been to write a song, tell a story, play a guitar or a piano. And I’ve seen those things carry her through every emotion, every experience in her life — good or bad.”
And over the years, the “Love Story” hit maker’s mom has watched her evolve not only in her music but also as a person.
“For many years, I was her constant companion. And I witnessed a young girl with very few friends become one with many, learning to stand up for herself and the things she believes in. Being brave enough to explore her musical curiosity, having a voice against those who hate, and giving of herself to those in need,” Andrea explained.
“I am a very proud mom,” she continued. “I want to thank the entire music community for taking such good care of her. And to the fans: I know you love her as I love her. And for that, I thank you eternally.”
The love between this mom and daughter duo was clearly evident on the night, and Swift took to Instagram to share a special moment that they shared.
Watch the inspirational speech below.