Taylor Swift, 1989

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    Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, philanthropist, and gender equality activist.

    Taylor Alison Swift was born in Reading, PA, and spent her childhood in her father’s Christmas tree farm. Her interest in music started at a young age, inspired by her grandmother, Marjorie Finlay, who was a professional Opera singer. By the age of 9, Swift was already performing at local productions and events and learned vocal and acting lessons in NYC. Not long after, she learned to play the guitar and began to write her own songs. At age 14, she moved with her family to Nashville, TN, so that she can pursue a career in country music. Two years later, she released her debut single “Tim McGraw.”
    At 19, Swift had released her second album “Fearless” and became the highest-selling country artist of the year as well as the youngest artist to win the Grammy Award for “Album of the Year.” In the following years, she has released two more albums – “Speak Now” and “Red,” for both she received multiple awards and recognition. Only 23 years old, Swift was ranked by Forbes magazine as the highest-paid celebrity under 30, with earnings of $57 million.
    Over time, Swift, who began her career as a country musician, became more pop-focused, as reflected in her 5th album “1989,” which includes the #1 hits “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space.” For this album, she won the Grammy Award both for “Album of the Year” and “Best Pop Vocal Album.” A few days before the release of her 6th album, “Reputation,” the track-list was leaked. Swift’s response was to post the complete 15 songs list on her Instagram page. Eventually, the album was the top-selling album of that year.
    Her tremendous success was accompanied not only by talent and hard work but also with an image of a “good girl.” Then, a memorable moment happened in 2009 when while she was attempted to accept her VMA award for Best Video by a Female Artist, Kanye West stormed the stage and told her that “Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.” She shook herself up and worked even harder, determent to rise to superstar status.
    Another turning point in her life and career happened after winning a sexual assault lawsuit against former radio host. Swift deserted the “good girl” position and started to speak her mind, sharing her social and political beliefs with her millions of fans. By 2018 she was described by the media as a political animal, interviewing on behalf of Democrats in a midterm election in her home state of Tennessee.
    Since then, in addition to being a super successful musician with many records and “Firsts,” Swift is also known as a philanthropist, human rights activist, a gender equality activist, and an advocate for LGBTQ rights. She founded an education center at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and donated money for various causes, such as children protection, and legal defense for women who’s been assaulted.

    “I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway”

    “I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway”


    More Interesting Anecdotes:

    • She was named after singer-songwriter James Taylor, and because her mother wanted that people won’t know her gender by reading her name.
    • She plays various musical instruments, including acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele, banjo, and piano.
    • After winning the lawsuit against Radio DJ, she was compensated with a symbolic $1.
    • Her portrait of the birth of an activist is revealed in the new Netflix documentary “Miss Americana.”
  • More About Her Legacy

    * 11 Grammy Awards
    * 1 Emmy Award
    * 28 Guinness World Records
    * 32 American Music Awards
    * 23 Billboard Music Awards
    * Appeared three times in Time’s 100 most influential people in the world

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    Taylor Swift performs at the 2019 American Music Awards (November 24th, 2019)

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  • Citations and Additional References:
    Wikipedia page.
    The Fact Site.
    NME website.