A singer-songwriter who is best known for her platinum-selling albums, Taylor Swift is one of the most prominent artists in the pop world. Her discography spans several genres, including country, pop and rock. She released her first album at the age of 16, and her eighth studio album was released in 2020. Throughout her career, she has garnered multiple awards and accolades. These include the Country Music Association Horizon Award, the AMA Artist of the Year, the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, and the Billboard Female Artist of the Year award.
Although she began her career as a country singer, she later turned her attention to musical theatre. In her early years, she worked with various famous musicians in Nashville. During her time in the city, she learned the intricacies of writing and performing songs. This knowledge led her to pursue a career in music. After completing her training in Nashville, she signed a contract with Big Machine Records.
She made her debut album at the age of sixteen, and it was a hit. It reached number five on the Billboard Top 200, selling over 39,000 copies in the first week. It spawned three more international singles, and Swift earned numerous awards for the album. The lead song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was a top five hit in the US, Canada and Australia. At the age of nine, she started performing at local events, and at age 11, she toured with Tim McGraw and George Strait.
She also began hosting events and TV shows. She starred in a musical production, “Cats”. As a child, she was a horseback rider. When she was nine, she entered her first horse show, and she had her mother put her in a saddle. By age eleven, she was performing before thousands of people.
At fourteen, she decided to move to Nashville. After a short stint with the publishing company Sony/ATV, she departed and signed with a new label. She worked with Liz Rose, Nathan Chapman, Shellback and Max Martin. Eventually, she found her footing in Nashville, and became one of the most popular young artists in the country.
In October 2006, she released her self-titled debut album. Her music videos for “Blank Space” and “Shake it Off” were hits, and she received several awards for the album. During the next few years, she would release five more singles. Among them was the Top Ten hit “Love Story”.
The following year, Taylor released her second album, Fearless, which was the top-selling album of the year in the US. It included the hits “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. Another single from the album, “Look What You Made Me Do,” broke records for most views in the first 24 hours.
At the age of 28, Taylor earned 19 American Music Awards. She earned the AMA’s Artist of the Year award, the Best Pop/Rock Female Artist award, and the Best Songwriter of the Year award.