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Taylor Swift wins Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammy Awards

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Taylor Swift’s boyfriend, Calvin Harris, congratulated his beautiful girlfriend on Facebook, on 16 February 2016.
It‘s reported that in an interview with HITS Radio last year, Harris gushed about the superstar:
“It’s boxes I didn’t even know existed, she ticks,” he said of Swift’s impressive talents. “It’s really ridiculous…. She’s generally an incredible cook and human being.”

So, how did Taylor Swift become an incredible singer and person? A little about her earlier years may show the way.
Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania. She was named after singer James Taylor.[9] She spent the early years of her life on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania and spent summers at her parents’ oceanfront vacation home in New Jersey. She has described this latter home as where most of her childhood memories were formed.
She became interested in musical theatre at the age of nine and travelled regularly to Broadway for singing and acting lessons, but later changed her attention to country music.

Taylor spent her weekends performing at local festivals, coffeehouses, fairs, karaoke contests, garden clubs, Boy Scout meetings and sporting events. At the age of eleven, after many failed attempts she won a local talent competition and was given the opportunity to appear as the opening act for Charlie Daniels at a Strausstown amphitheatre.

Feeling that she needed to go to Nashville Tennesse for her music career, at the age of eleven, she travelled with her mother to Nashville to submit a demo, of Dolly Parton and Dixie Chicks karaoke covers, with record labels along Music Row. She received rejections and soon realized that everyone in that town wanted to do the same thing and realized she had to be different to everyone else.

When Swift was about 12 years old, a computer repairman taught Swift how to play three chords on a guitar, inspiring her to write her first song, “Lucky You”. In 2003, Swift and her parents started working with New York-based music manager Dan Dymtrow. With Dymtrow’s help, Swift modelled for Abercrombie & Fitch as part of their “Rising Stars” campaign, had an original song included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and attended meetings with major record labels. After performing original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was given an artist development deal and began making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother. To help Swift break into country music, her father transferred to the Nashville office of Merrill Lynch when she was 14, and the family relocated to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

She was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award in the category of Best New Artist, but lost to Amy Winehouse.
She became the first country music artist to win an MTV Video Music Award when “You Belong with Me” was named Best Female Video in 2009 and won four Grammy Awards in 2010.

Fearless won many other accolades and has become the most-awarded album in country music history. Swift became the youngest ever artist to be named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association. Fearless also won the Association’s Album of the Year award and she was the youngest ever artist to win the Academy of Country Music’s Album of the Year honour. The American Music Awards honoured Swift with Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album plaudits. She was awarded the Hal David Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and was named Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association. Billboard named her 2009’s Artist of the Year. She was included in Time’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in 2010.

Swift carried out an extensive promotional campaign prior to Speak Now’s release – her third studio album. She appeared on various talk shows and morning shows, and gave free mini-concerts in unusual locations, including an open-decker bus on Hollywood Boulevard and a departure lounge at John F. Kennedy International Airport. She took part in a “guitar pull” alongside Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Lionel Richie at LA’s Club Nokia.

While Swift was completing her fourth album in the summer of 2012, James Taylor invited her to appear as a special guest during his Tanglewood set—they performed “Fire and Rain”, “Love Story” and “Ours” together. Taylor, who first met Swift when she was 18, has said, “We just hit it off. I loved her songs, and her presence on stage was so great.

These are just some of the ways in which Taylor Swift became the person that she is today. She worked hard and was relentless in getting to where she wanted to be.

The rest as we know it … is history!!

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