I’ll never forget this moment because, in this moment, everything that I’ve wanted has just happened to me. I would like to call up the musicians who stand on that stage every single show with me: Al Wilson, Amos Heller, Mike Meadows, Paul Sidoti, Grant Mickelson, Liz Huett, Caitlin Evanson. This is my band, y’all, they stayed with me every single night this year… And the fans who come to the shows with your shirts that you made yourself, and the looks on your face, that’s why I do this, and I lo… Thank you for this moment, thank you! Every single person in that category let me open up for them this year, thank you so much to y’all, I love you!
[Taylor’s speech after winning EOTY at the CMAs in 2009]