updated 11/10/2011 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/10/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
When Taylor Swift took the stage at Wednesday’s 45th Annual CMA Awards to accept the prize for Entertainer of the Year, she had a lot of people to thank. So she looked down to the notes – on her arm – for help.
“I’d like to thank those artists, and I need to remember all of them,” she said, looking down at her left forearm, and calling out to Tim McGraw, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and others. “Thank you for coming out and playing for my fans.”
“My thank you’s,” she wrote. “And my cat. Good night!”
“I love to be mentioned in acceptance speeches,” DeGeneres wrote. “Thanks @TaylorSwift13 – you know I adore you.”