Saturday, December 13, marked the 25th birthday of singer Taylor Swift, and also the day when The Taylor Swift Experience opened at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in the LA Live district. At 25, that makes Taylor Swift the youngest musical artist ever to be featured in an exhibit at the Grammy Museum.
For a person who just turned 25, Taylor Swift has accomplished much and has already been honored with numerous awards, including seven Grammy Awards, to celebrate her best-selling albums and hit songs. She has sold over 30 million albums to date, worldwide, with her last three selling over 1 million copies each. At the Grammy Museum The Taylor Swift Experience, Taylor Swift fans will get to see the almost 100 objects on display there, such as photos, never-before-seen videos, concert outfits, a banjo, guitars, a red piano from her Red tour, dresses, props from the video Shake It Up and handwritten lyrics from now until May 10, 2015.
The day before her birthday, on Friday night, December 12, Taylor Swift performed at the Z100 iHeart Jingle Ball 2014 Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City along with many other musical acts like Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, 5 Seconds of Summer and Charlie XCX. Her performance, which included her hit songs Shake It Up and Blank Space, was one of the highlights of the concert.
According to the museum’s executive director, Bob Santelli, “the museum is extremely excited about,” having The Taylor Swift Experience at the Grammy Museum to tell visitors about Swift’s “remarkable rise to superstardom.” The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Grammy Museum.
Before her rise to stardom after her move to Nashville, Tennessee, with her family when she was 14, Taylor Swift was born in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, in 1989. Some of the photos on display at the exhibit show her as a baby, playing drums when she was older, and posing with her brother on the back of a pony. Also, a newspaper clipping there depicts a 12-year-old Swift performing the National anthem at a Philadephia 76ers basketball game.
Taylor Swift’s latest album, 1989, called that because it is the year she was born, sold more copies during its debut week than any other album by a musical artist has the entire year, at 1.287 million. Before 1989 was released, the song Shake It Off from it became the country’s most popular song, number one on the Billboard charts.
Then, with the debut of Blank Space off of 1989, Taylor Swift did what no other woman musical artist has ever done before, succeeding herself with another number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She also made the bold decision to yank her songs off of Spotify, as she took the position that musicians should value their music and consumers should be willing to pay what it is worth instead of buying it at cut-rate prices.
There is an interactive element to The Taylor Swift Experience, also, that fans are bound to enjoy. There is a wall-sized jukebox by Swift’s name in neon lights as a part of the exhibit. Visitors can check out Swift’s videos on a video screen and also show off their dance moves on a small dance floor to the song Shake It Off. There is even a mixing board at the exhibit, allowing visitors to add their own touches and create their own versions of the singer’s hit songs.
Taylor Swift celebrated her 25th birthday at her Tribeca apartment after the iHeart Jingle Ball 2014 Concert. Her BFF, Selena Gomez, flew in just for the occasion, with one of her fingernails painted with an “T” and another with a “S,” Swift’s initials, in honor of her bestie’s birthday. Swift had 20 boxes of pizza delivered to her apartment to feed the numerous celebrity guests who attended, like Beyonce and Jay Z, 5 Seconds of Summer, Justin Timberlake, Olivia Culpo, Shawn Mendes, model Chrissy Teigen, Karlie Kloss, Jaime King, Nick Jonas, Charli XCX, and Sam Smith.
Taylor Swift is not the only musical artist that the Grammy Museum has created a special exhibit for. In the past, there have been exhibits there to honor the musical contributions of artists such as Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Roy Orison, Whitney Houston and Elvis Presley. However, at just 25, Swift, with The Taylor Swift Experience, is the youngest musical artist to have ever had an exhibit there.
Written By Douglas Cobb