Someone always seems intent on crapping on Taylor Swift’s big wins. This time, playing the role of Kanye West we have country singer Wynonna Judd. Judd told USA Today that Taylor’s win at the Country Music Association Awards was “too much, too soon.” Judd, by the way, hasn’t won any CMA awards since going solo seventeen years ago.
On Wednesday, Taylor Swift became the youngest artist ever to win the Country Music Association Awards’ top honor: Entertainer of the Year.
But Wynonna Judd doesn’t think Swift, 19, is ready for such a top honor.
“You want my honest comment? It’s too much too soon,” the singer told USA Today before the show. “Time is God’s way of keeping everything from happening at once. It’s just too much of a good thing too soon.”
Judd, 45, added: “My thing is, being a home-school mom, I want kids to earn it, and I think some time … ’cause mom and I rode in a car for the first year of our career to visit radio stations. There was a making of the star, there was a rising up, and the fans went with us.
“Now it’s over coffee breaks, the success, almost,” she added. “You have to play catch up … It’s like the girl who wins an Oscar and she’s under 20. What do you do from here?”
[From Us Weekly]
Honestly I think if anyone deserves – and can handle – success at such a young age, it’s Taylor Swift. She has repeatedly shown herself to have more maturity and grace than performers much older than her. And frankly, I don’t think Wynonna knows a lot about how hard Taylor worked when she was starting out. And she still has the reputation of being a hard worker and consummate professional. Taylor just started at it younger, but from what I read that’s because she had such an intense desire to sing. That’s nothing to knock her for.
I hate to say it because it seems like such an obvious conclusion to come to, but this really does strike me as the ugly green monster rearing its head. Wynonna was huge in country music when she was in the Judds, and while she’s certainly been successful since then, it hasn’t been to the same degree. She’s also had a lot of drama and heartache in her life, from dealing with her food addiction to having to divorce her second husband after he was “indicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault and battery against a minor under the age of 13” in 2007.
And while I don’t like to say things implying that older women are inherently jealous of younger women, Wynonna is 45 and Taylor’s 19. Wynonna isn’t retired but she’s sort of… low key in her career. Taylor’s is just getting started. Hell, I’m envious. But I think it’s more appropriate to wish her continued success, rather than imply she’s got nowhere to go from here.