Best Self-Deprecating Country Star

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift maintains that she always dreamed of playing country music's hallowed halls and festivals, and those dreams have come true 100 times over. But it was another dream of hers that caught our attention this year: the one where she becomes a thug. Who lives with her parents. And bakes cookies. In a video that played at the CMT Awards, Swift—or rather, T-Swizzle—joined Auto-Tune posterchild T-Pain on a dream-sequence rap number that included such verbal chestnuts as "You been out clubbin' / I just made caramel delights!" Country stars and rappers alike could take a cue from Swift's self-effacing levity: "You don't wanna fight me / In my extra-small white T!" Go, Sweezy. STEVE HARUCH
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