CMA Awards Artist Spotlight: TAYLOR SWIFT

In 2007, Taylor called winning the Horizon Award the "highlight of my senior year!"

Accolades and industry honors are nothing new to international superstar Taylor Swift. Since releasing her debut single, “Tim McGraw” in 2006, Swift has set the world on fire with songs that relate to people of all ages, plus charm and stage presence to rival musicians with decades more experience. It’s no surprise that the 2009 CMA Entertainer of the Year finds herself among the top nominees for “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” airing Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8|7c on ABC). With five nominations (Entertainer; Female Vocalist; Album for Speak Now; and Music Video and Song of the Year for “Mean,” which Swift wrote), Swift ties Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton for most nods in 2011.

More about Taylor Swift

The saying goes that the “sky is the limit.” But that not be lofty enough to describe Taylor Swift’s meteoric rise. With more than 13 Million albums and 25 Million song downloads sold worldwide, plus dozens of awards under her belt, Swift is a savvy star who has connected with audiences the world over by wearing her lyrical heart on her sleeve, holding nothing back in her songs or performances, and remaining accessible to her legions of fans. Her most recent album, Speak Now, debuted in Oct. 2010, and sold more than 1 Million copies its first week. The album marks Swift’s most personal yet, with the songstress penning all 14 tracks herself.

Instead of visiting with media on the Red Carpet in 2009, Taylor spent a couple hours greeting fans before winning Entertainer of the Year later that night.

In a few short years, Swift has earned eight No. 1 singles, including crossover hits “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me,” the latter of which earned Swift an MTV Video Music Award. Both songs appear on Swift’s 2008 CD Fearless, which in addition to winning the 2009 CMA Album of the Year also earned Swift GRAMMY Awards for Best Country Album and the all-genre Album of the Year. Swift’s most recent chart-topper, “Mean,” finds the singer taking on critics and delivering a message of empowerment to listeners along the way. Climbing the Country singles charts at present is the fourth single from Speak Now, “Sparks Fly” – a title that perfectly illustrates Swift’s wide-reaching appeal.

Swift is currently rounding the globe as part of her “2011 Speak Now World Tour.”  Selling out shows in Asia, Australia and North America, the tour ranks tenth in Pollstar’s “Top 50 Worldwide Tour (Mid-Year)” list, having brought in more than $40 Million to date.

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About Cory Chapman

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