Los Angeles - Taylor Swift's mother honoured her with a heartfelt tribute as she presented her with the Milestone Award at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night.
The 25-year-old singer's mother, Andrea Finlay - who was recently diagnosed with cancer - took to the stage to introduce the blonde beauty at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and gushed over the star's achievements.
She said: "I've watched this milestone artist from the time she was a tangled hair little girl growing up on our farm, full of imagination and creativity. And ever since then, her favourite 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.
"I'd like to thank the ACMs for honouring her in this way. But I'd also like 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.
"I am a very proud mom."
After Taylor made her way on stage, the teary pair were seen hugging before the Blank Space hitmaker went on to personally thank her fans for accepting her transition from country music to pop in her latest album 1989.
She said: "You truly see who a person is when you give them news that they weren't expecting. And so, to the country community, when I told you that I'd made a pop album and that I wanted to go explore other genres, you showed me who you are with the grace that you accepted that with."
Watch the emotional moment here:
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