Academy of Country Music Awards 2014

Country Music's Hollywood Takeover

From Kellie Pickler's ballroom quickstep to Blake Shelton's loud mouth advice, see how country has gone pop culture


Taylor Swift continued to bring country music to the masses with the October 2012 release of Red, which sold a record-setting 1.2 million copies in its first week and became the fastest-selling album in a decade. "My mind frame during this recording process … was the ups and downs of a few really tumultuous relationships," she said, proving that heartbreak really is the universal language.