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Taylor wins Country award... and thanks from Mrs Obama

TAYLOR SWIFT has won her second consecutive entertainer of the year award , just 24 hours after she was saluted by US first lady Michelle Obama for her charity work on The Kids' Choice Awards.

Taking to the stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards last night, Swift took a moment to say hello to Kevin McGuire and his family.

McGuire, a high school football player and Swift fan who has cancer, was to have been Swift's date to the awards, but he was in hospital so was unable to attend.

"He's not here but I promised him I would give him a shout-out," Swift said of the New Jersey teenager.

The 22-year-old Swift becomes just the second woman to win the award twice, after Carrie Underwood accomplished that feat.


She beat an all-male field that included Kenny Chesney.

Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson were the night's top winners with two awards apiece.

In a big weekend for the singer, Swift was given The Big Help Award by Mrs Obama in Los Angeles on Saturday.

"I'm so happy about this," Swift said after thanking her followers for giving her the fan-voted award. "I want to say to my fellow nominees in this category I respect you so much and I love you."

At the Academy awards, one of the biggest events in the country music calendar, Thompson Square took vocal duo of the year over Sugarland in an early award.

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery won the fan-voted new artist of the year.

Toby Keith won video of the year for Red Solo Cup.