If you missed the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, you missed one of the most touching awards show moments ever, thanks to Taylor Swift's mother and her emotionally-charged speech.
Taylor was a recipient of a Milestone award during the show. Andrea Finlay Swift, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, stunned the audience and fans watching at home by taking to the stage to present the special award to her daughter. As Andrea walked towards the stage, the audience (including Taylor) stood and cheered for her.
"I've watched this milestone artist from the time she was a tangled-hair little girl, growing up on our farm," Andrea said. "Full of imagination and creativity until right now when she prepares for her next world tour. And ever since then, her favorite thing to do is to write a song, tell a story, play guitar or piano, and I've seen those things carry through her every emotion, every experience in her life, good or bad."
Andrea then told a funny and rather mom-like story of how Taylor wrote one of her big hit songs, "Love Story."
"She was 17 years old and her dad and I strongly disapproved of a certain young man—and rightfully so," she said. "But she was mad, she was real mad, and so she went to her room and she closed the door. And she came out about an hour later with a song called 'Love Story.'"
Andrea said over the years she witnessed her daughter become a "young woman" who learned to stand up for herself and what she believes in, one who has" a voice against those who hate."
"I am a very proud mom," Andrea said, her voice quivering with emotion. "I'd like to thank the ACMs for honoring her in this way, but I'd also like to thank the entire music community for taking such good care of her. And to the fans, I know you love her as I love her. And for that, I thank you eternally."
What a beautiful, touching moment.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.