Taylor Swift. biography
Born Taylor Alison Swift (December 13, 1989) in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Taylor Swift followed the footsteps of her grandmother, a professional opera singer, and was singing at the age of 10.
The young singer was presented with the honor of singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a Philadelphia 76ers game when she was 11 before writing her own songs and mastering the guitar at the age of 12.
With Taylor's increasing talent, she and her family moved to Hendersonville, Tennessee, located near the country music capital, Nashville. After a memorable performance at The Bluebird Café in Nashville, Taylor signed her first recording deal with Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Records.
In 2006, Taylor released her first single "Tim McGraw," which became a Top 10 hit on the country charts. The debut of her self-titled album followed in October, selling more than 2.5 million copies and adding more top hits to her resume, including the No. 1 country hit "Our Song."
Taylor's debut was both a critical and commercial success, earning her the Horizon Award from the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Female Vocalist in 2007. A year later, Taylor won the Academy of Country Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, the American Music Award for Favorite Female Country Artist, and nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist .
Also during this time, Taylor's second album Fearless (2008) remained at the top of both the country and pop charts for 11 weeks, resulting in her becoming the highest-selling country artist by the end of the year after hitting the scene two years prior.
Taylor's effort on Fearless continued to be recognized in 2009, reaping in more awards, including Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for "Love Story" at the CMT Music Awards. In September of the same year, Taylor won her first moon-man for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Award, declaring her the first country music star to win a VMA. The win was quickly overshadowed when rapper Kanye West jumped on stage, took the microphone from Taylor's hand as she was about to give her acceptance speech, arguing that R&B singer Beyoncé deserved the award over Taylor. She was unable to give an acceptance speech but when Beyoncé later accepted her award for Best Video of the Year, she invited Taylor on stage to finish her acceptance speech.
Although embarrassing, the incident turned Taylor into an even bigger hit and success, with her third studio album Speak Now (2010) resulting in her earning the Grammy for Best Country Song ("Mean"), four CMA nominations for Female Vocalist, Music Video of the Year, Best Album and Entertainer of the Year, as well as six American Music Award nominations by 2011.
Taylor found even more success with the release of her fourth album Red (2012), which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The album's lead single "I Knew You Were Trouble" went on to garnish her the MTV Video Award for Best Female Video while "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" earned a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.
Taylor is currently working on songs for her fifth, untitled studio album.
Taylor Swift Boyfriend & Dating History
2007 - 2008
Taylor and Joe Jonas never spilled the beans on their relationship but they couldn't keep a lid on it when their break-up hit the news. Taylor went on to write the song "Always and Forever," which was about their relationship and made it perfectly clear that Joe had broken up with her over the phone... Classy move.
October 2009 - December 2009
Taylor and teen heartthrob Taylor Lautner were spotted on dates together on numerous occasions. Lautner even performed a sketch about her on SNL but the two called it off towards the end of the year. Sources say that Swift was less interested in repairing the relationship than Lautner.
Taylor and Toby Hemingway did a music video together for song "Rose of the Fallen." The video featured the two making out which ultimately started the dating rumors. It's worth mentioning the fact that the two were seen hand in hand on numerous occasions.
Glee star Cory Monteith and Taylor reportedly went bowling and occasionally hung out, which means they're married in Hollywood. The rumors and public's interest soon died down.
November 2010 - January 2011
In November 2010, Taylor and Jake Gyllenhaal were spotted together and reportedly spent Thanksgiving holiday as one. When January rolled around, they're relationship was fizzling down. It's said that Jake broke up with her over the phone after getting advice from Jonas.
Taylor was seen sitting next to 'Glee' star Chord Overstreet at an LA Kings game in February 2011, which immediately ignited rumors of a romance.
July 2012 - September 2012
Rumors have been confirmed that Taylor is dating late Robert F. Kennedy's eldest grandson Connor Kennedy, a high school student at the $45,000 a year New England prep school. Confirmation of the relationship would have made news earlier but she wanted to wait until he was legal. After a couple of months of dating, however, Taylor broke her ex-jail bait's heart.
October 2012 - January 2013
Rumors surrounding Oe Direction's Harry Styles and Taylor began circulating when the two were seen flirting while performing on The X Factor in late 2012. The rumors intensified when they were spotted getting cozy in New York City's Central Park. Harry was able to keep her attention through the holidays and even New Year's Ever before parting ways. She was later not veyr happy to see him on stage while sitting in the audience at the MTV VMAs in 2013.