- NAME: Taylor Swift
- OCCUPATION: Singer
- BIRTH DATE: December 13, 1989 (Age: 24)
- Did You Know?: Contrary to the norm, 13 is Taylor Swift's lucky number. Not only was she born on the 13th, but her first album also went gold after 13 weeks and her first No. 1 song had a 13-second intro.
- Did You Know?: During the 2010 Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift became the youngest artist in history to win Album of the Year for her sophomore album Fearless.
- Did You Know?: For her albums Speak Now and Red, Taylor Swiift became the first woman to sell more than one million copies of two albums in their opening week.
- EDUCATION: Hendersonville High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
- Full Name: Taylor Alison Swift
- AKA: Taylor Swift
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is one of country music's top recording artists, having crossed over into pop and winning many awards.
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The stunned Swift was unable to make her acceptance speech, and West was removed from the show. When Beyoncé accepted her award for "Best Video of the Year" later in the show,
she called Swift to the stage to finish her speech. West later apologized to Swift privately, and made a public apology on The Jay Leno Show.
The attention from the award show made Swift an even hotter commodity. Her concert tickets began selling out in less than two minutes, and she also made her second appearance on comedy show Saturday Night Live, this time as both the host and musical guest. Additionally, she became the youngest artist to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2010 for Fearless.
In 2010, she released the album Speak Now, which featured the hit songs "Mean," "Ours" and "Sparks Fly." The album was a success, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling more than one million copies in its first week. She followed that album with Red (2012), featuring the hit single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and also selling more than one million copies in its first week. With her fourth album, Swift became the first woman in history to release two albums that sold more than one million copies in their opening week.
She was ranked No. 1 as Forbes magazine's highest paid celebrity under 30 in 2012, beating out Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Lady Gaga with a salary of $57 million. She has also been tapped for four CMA nominations in 2009—"Female Vocalist," "Music Video of the Year," "Best Album" and "Entertainer of the Year"—as well as six American Music Award nominations.
The following year, Swift shared some of her fortune to help others. She funded the $4 million Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The facility has three classrooms, a learning lab and a space dedicated to exhibits for children. In an interview with CMT Hot 20 Countdown, she explained that "music education is really such an important part of my life. My life changed so completely when I discovered writing my own songs and playing guitar, and that can't necessarily all be taught to you in school because there aren't enough hours in the day."
Also in 2013, Swift was honored with the CMA Pinnacle Award for her achievements as a country music performer and for her "positive impact" on country music, according to CMA website. She picked up this award, along with two other wins for her collaboration with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, at the CMA Awards ceremony held that November. Swift's winning streak continued at the American Music Awards. For the third year in a row, she picked up the AMA Award for artist of the year. Swift also took home the top honors for country album of the year and favorite female artist in both the country and pop/rock categories.
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