Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed with the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest songwriter ever signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. The release of Swift’s eponymous debut album in 2006 marked the start of her career as a country music singer. Her third single, “Our Song”, made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Hot Country Songs chart.
Swift’s second album, Fearless, was released in 2008. Buoyed by the pop crossover success of the singles “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me”, Fearless became the best-selling album of 2009 in the United States. The album won four Grammy Awards, making Swift the youngest ever Album of the Year winner. Swift’s third and fourth albums, 2010’s Speak Now and 2012’s Red, both sold more than one million copies within the first week of their U.S release. Speak Now’s “Mean” won two Grammy Awards, while Red’s singles “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” were successful worldwide. Swift’s fifth album, the pop-focused 1989, was released in 2014 and sold more copies in its opening week than any album in the previous 12 years, making Swift the first and only act to have three albums sell more than one million copies in the opening release week. Its singles “Shake It Off”, “Blank Space”, and “Bad Blood” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The album won three Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the fifth and only female act to receive the Album of the Year award twice.
Swift is known for narrative songs about her personal experiences. As a songwriter, she has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Swift’s other achievements include ten Grammy Awards, one Emmy Award, 22 Billboard Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and one Brit Award. She is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums—including 27.1 million in the U.S.—and 130 million single downloads. Swift has also had supporting roles in feature films including Valentine’s Day (2010) and The Giver (2014). In 2015, she became the youngest woman ever to be included on Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women” list, ranking at number 64.
Swift purchased a four-bedroom mansion in Belle Meade, Tennessee, for her parents. Swift’s younger brother, Austin, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has acted in college productions. Swift’s mother was diagnosed with cancer in December 2014. Swift is the godmother to actress Jaime King’s son Leo.
Swift’s main residence is a duplex penthouse in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan in New York City. She also spends time at a three-bedroom cottage in Beverly Hills, California, and a duplex penthouse in Nashville, Tennessee.She owns an eight-bedroom summer home in coastal Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
Swift dated musician Joe Jonas from July to October 2008, and actor Taylor Lautner from October to December 2009. She was romantically linked to musician John Mayer from late 2009 until early 2010. She dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal from October to December 2010. Following their break-up, they were seen together in January and February 2011. Swift dated political heir Conor Kennedy from July to September 2012. She dated singer Harry Styles from October 2012 to January 2013.
Swift did not date in 2013 after January, or in 2014, citing an unwillingness to deal with additional media attention. “I have this feeling like if I were to open myself up to love, that would be a career weakness.”
In March 2015, Swift started dating Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris. By June 2015, the duo were ranked as the highest-paid celebrity couple over the past year by Forbes with combined earnings of over $146 million.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, she supported the Every Woman Counts campaign, aimed at engaging women in the political process, and was one of many country stars to record a public service announcement for the Vote (For Your) Country campaign. She stated: “I don’t think it’s my job to try and influence people which way they should vote.” Following President Obama’s inauguration, she told Rolling Stone that she supported the president: “I’ve never seen this country so happy about a political decision in my entire time of being alive. I’m so glad this was my first election.”
In 2012, Swift was presented with a Kids’ Choice Award in recognition of her charitable work by Michelle Obama, who praised her as someone who “has rocketed to the top of the music industry but still keeps her feet on the ground, someone who has shattered every expectation of what a 22-year-old can accomplish”. Swift later described the First Lady as “a role model”. In a 2012 interview, Swift remarked that, although she tries to keep herself “as educated and informed as possible”, she doesn’t “talk about politics because it might influence other people”. Swift has spent time with the Kennedy family and has spoken of her admiration for Ethel Kennedy.Swift is also a feminist.
Awards and achievements
Swift has received many awards and honors, including ten Grammy Awards, 19 American Music Awards,eleven Country Music Association Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, 22 Billboard Music Awards, one Brit Award and one Emmy . Swift is also the most awarded artist at the Teen Choice Awards, with 25 awards. As a songwriter, she has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
By the beginning of 2016, Swift had sold more than 40 million albums, 130 million single downloads and was one of the top five music artists with the highest worldwide digital sales. Each of Swift’s studio albums had sold at least four million units in the U.S.: Taylor Swift (5.5 million), Fearless (7.0 million), Speak Now (4.5 million), Red (4.1 million), and 1989 (5.7 million).
- Taylor Swift (2006)
- Fearless (2008)
- Speak Now (2010)
- Red (2012)
- 1989 (2014)
- Fearless Tour (2009–10)
- Speak Now World Tour (2011–12)
- The Red Tour (2013–14)
- The 1989 World Tour (2015)
|2009||Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience||Herself||Cameo|
|2009||Hannah Montana: The Movie||Herself||Singer cameo|
|2010||Valentine’s Day||Felicia Miller|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Haley Jones||Episode: “Turn, Turn, Turn”|
|2009–2015||Saturday Night Live (four episodes)||Herself||Host, writer, performer|
|2013||New Girl||Elaine||Episode: “Elaine’s Big Day”|