Watch Taylor Swift ACM Entertainer of the Year Acceptance Speech (VIDEO)

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Watch Taylor Swift's Academy of Country Music Awards acceptance speech for winning Entertainer of the Year for the second year in a row!

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Watch Taylor Swift's Academy of Country Music Awards acceptance speech for winning Entertainer of the Year for the second year in a row!

Taylor was supposed to bring a fan along to the ACMs, but tweeted over the weekend that Kevin McGuire, a high school student battling cancer, was too sick to attend the event with her.

Swift tweeted: "Just talked to Kevin McGuire. He's not well enough to join me at the ACMs. Please keep him in your thoughts. I'll make it up to you, Kevin!"

Being the all-around sweetheart that she is (haters, keep your mouths shut), she even gave a shout out to Kevin during her ACM acceptance speech.

She took to the stage to accept the Entertainer of the Year award, saying, "Thank you so much to the fans who voted for this. I am so happy about this! I want to say to my fellow nominees in this category, I respect you so much and I love you."

Taylor added, "We work hard and we try to give back, and recently I've become aware of a different struggle that's going on: My date tonight was supposed to be a high school football player named Kevin McGuire, and he's not here, but I promised to give him a shout out. So Kevin, and all your family and friends - thank you for wanting to take me to the ACMs."

Love her!

Kevin's sister started a Facebook campaign to get Taylor to go to his prom, but since she was unavailable for that date, she asked him to go to the ACMs instead.

She wrote on her Facebook page at the time: "Kevin, I'm so sorry but I won't be able to make it to your prom. But I was wondering, the ACM Awards are coming up... Would you be my date? Love, Taylor."

Sadly, Kevin got a fever on Thursday and was taken to a Philadelphia hospital. His sister provided this update on the "Taylor Swift Take Kevin McGuire to Prom!" Facebook page:

"I am so sorry to announce this devastating news, but Kevin was admitted to the hospital last night, and is unable to attend the Academy of Country Music Awards with Taylor Swift. As we should all live by the motto 'live for today,' a cancer patient feels the impact of these words far too hard.

We appreciate everything you have done for us, and we know you are all hurt from this too... As for Taylor, she is just as depressed as all of us to miss out on this date, and we are so thankful for the opportunity she has given us."


Despite the 25 hours of chemotherapy Kevin had undergone last week, he hoped to make the trip the ACMs in Las Vegas. Ultimately, his mom told USA Today, "It was just too much to keep waiting and holding out."

Congratulations to Taylor on her ACM win and thanks for including Kevin in your special day.

Check out Taylor's acceptance speech in the video below, as well as this quick behind-the-scenes look at the ACM red carpet that she shared on Twitter - she looked gorgeous!





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