In her early years, Taylor Swift attended Bible classes and had a pony named Ginger. Her maternal grandmother was an opera singer who hosted a TV show in Puerto Rico. At age nine, Swift developed an interest in musical theater and began attending acting classes in New York. However, her love for country music was not sparked by the success of the country singer Shania Twain. So, in order to follow her idol, Swift moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music.
Taylor Swift’s music has sold 200 million albums worldwide. Eight of her songs have topped the Hot 100. Her concerts are some of the most popular in history. Swift has won eleven Grammy Awards, three Album of the Year awards, thirty-six American Music Awards, 29 Billboard Music Charts, and 58 Guinness World Records. Her popularity has made her a pop icon. She has been included in lists such as Time 100 and Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.”
Since Taylor Swift’s release, she has made a number of charitable efforts. She has teamed up with UNICEF’s tap project initiative, donated $50,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and participated in MusiCares’ back-to-school charity auction. Recently, she also premiered a new song called Ronan at the Stand Up To Cancer benefit. However, despite the recent success of the album, Swift is still very busy and continues to make the world a better place.