Taylor’s new kitten Meredith proved to be much too adorable to be ignored. She has taken to tweeting often about the kitty, and the videos and pictures she’s posted of Meredith doing mischievous and adorable things are no doubt what propelled the duo to the top of the Best New Pet category. Miranda Lambert‘s new cat Ilsa finished second in that category, followed by Jake Owen‘s dog Merle and Kellie Pickler and Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott’s pets.
The Artist of the Year award is the inaugural Taste of Country Awards’ biggest honor — although Meredith may disagree. Taylor takes home that honor with just over 29 percent of the votes, followed by Aldean, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Lady Antebellum. Taylor can add this title to her growing collection of similar awards, including 2011 CMA Entertainer of the Year and 2011 American Music Award Artist of the Year honors. Congratulations to Taylor Swift and Swifties for kicking butt this awards season.