Barbara Mandrell is the only woman to date to win the Country Music Awards â€œEntertainer of the Yearâ€ award twice. Taylor Swift won the â€œEntertainer of the Yearâ€ award for 2009 and Barbara Mandrell was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Barbara Mandrell biography added a touch of nostalgic history to the 43rdAnnual Country Music Awards in Nashville.
Barbara Ann Mandrell was born on Christmas, December 25, 1948, to a musical family in Houston, Texas. Barbara started singing at 5 and by the time she was 11, played steel guitar for Chet Atkins and Joe Maphin at a Chicago music trade convention. After her performance, Barbara was invited by Maphin to be a regular featured performer at his nightclub show in Vegas.
Between 1981 and 1983, Barbara Mandrell received multiple country music industry awards. Her popular songs include â€œOne of a Kind Pair of Foolsâ€ and â€œI Was Country When Country Wasn't Coolâ€. In 1984, Barbara Mandrell survived a serious automobile accident during the peak of her popularity.
Martina McBride, with George Strait and Charlie McCoy performed an awesome rendition of â€œI Was Country When Country Wasn't Coolâ€ to pay tribute to Barbara Mandrell during the CMA. Barbara was moved to tears. McBride felt it was a great honor to perform for Barbara Mandrell because she is an inspiration to all female country singers.
After the CMA, Barbara Mandrell went backstage to offer her praises to 19 year old Taylor Swift and let her know she looks forward to following her career.
Beautiful Barbara Mandrell is one of my favorites because of herÂ distinctive voice and feminine strength.Â My daughter loves Taylor Swift, another talented and inspirational country star.Â Let's check out Barbara Mandrell singing "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool".