Taylor Swift has it all. She stuns at the 56th Annual Grammy’s in a “bulletproof” silver full-length Gucci gown. She is nominated for Album of the Year. Swift’s achievements have included 12 Billboard Music Awards, seven Grammy Awards, 15 American Music Awards, six Academy of Country Music Awards and 11 Country Music Association Awards.
With a twitter following of over 38 million and counting, Taylor Swift has it all with more than 26 million albums sold. The country pop singer, who tends to wear her heart on her sleeve, is estimated to be worth over $55 million in 2013, according to Forbes.
The starlet is most identifiable with having a whole lot of love, and writing lyrics based on her experiences as a teenager and adult, mostly about relationships. Swift opened up to the March 2013 Elle magazine about her music and relationships. She explained that is just who she is; a girl resting on her bed, recording and “feeling pain I didn’t understand,” hoping words would raise her spirits.
While she may be edgier than her pom-pom appearance suggests, she is certainly no Miley Cyrus. The I Knew You Were Trouble singer is in tune with her fans – she understands what they want to hear. However, she was not always in step with her peers. She has spoken of her middle school years as graceless. Instead of hanging out with friends and going to parties, she was singing the national anthem somewhere. She was also self-conscious of her looks, especially her unruly hair. “Frizzy hair,” she tells Vogue, “don’t embrace the curls yet? Awkward.”
Now that she is in the spotlight, she has stopped caring about being cool, and just being herself. With her unpretentious popularity, Taylor Swift fills stadiums with adoring fans. When she walks out onstage in front of 65,000 screaming fans, she says that if you stop to grasp what it means, “it will make you cry.”
However, not all instances are upbeat and certain for Taylor Swift. There was a time when Kanye West grabbed her microphone and began ranting about Beyoncé. While she was shocked at the time, Swift has helped her learn that not everything goes in the manner you plan it to. Life, she has come to understand, is unpredictable.
At the age of 22, the American singer-songwriter’s single, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together from her fourth album, Red became her first song to peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 list. A record of over 600,000 downloads in its first week alone. The hit went from 72 to the top of the chart in its second week. Before 2012, she had previously reached number two with her single, You Belong With Me in 2009, and Today Was a Fairytale in 2010.
Another record that the singer has ascended is the most charitable celebrity list. The pop star gave a $100,000 donation to the Nashville Symphony on her 24th birthday. She was also recognized for her headlining gig at a London benefit for homeless youths. Though Swift says she is always waiting for her luck to run out, she seems unstoppable. This was always her dream, and now she is living it.
by Dawn Levesque