Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift
Medium shot of Swift in dress with little sequins, in front of AMA backdrop
Taylor Alison Swift

(1989-12-13) December 13, 1989 (age 31)
Other namesNils Sjöberg[1]
  • Singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • actress
  • director
  • businesswoman
Years active2004–present
Partner(s)Joe Alwyn (2016–present)[2]
AwardsFull list
Musical career
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • banjo
  • piano
  • ukulele
Associated acts
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Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Her discography spans multiple genres, and her narrative songwriting, which is often inspired by her personal life, has received widespread media coverage and critical praise. Born in West Reading, Pennsylvania, Swift relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 2004 and a recording deal with Big Machine Records in 2005, and released her eponymous debut studio album in 2006.

She explored country pop on her second and third studio albums, Fearless (2008) and Speak Now (2010). The success of the former's singles "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me" on both country and pop radio established Swift as a leading crossover artist. She experimented further with pop, rock, and electronic genres on her fourth studio album, Red (2012). Her fifth, the synth-pop album 1989 (2014), effectively transformed her status from country songstress to pop star, supported by the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Shake It Off", "Blank Space", and "Bad Blood". The media scrutiny on her personal life that followed largely inspired Swift's sixth studio album, Reputation (2017), which delved into urban sounds.

Parting ways with Big Machine to sign with Republic Records in 2018, Swift released her seventh studio album, Lover, in 2019. After consistent commercial success in the 2010s, she ventured into indie folk and alternative rock on her 2020 studio albums, Folklore and Evermore, whose lyricism, inspired by escapism during the COVID-19 pandemic, was commended for its nuanced storytelling. To gain ownership over the masters of her back catalog, Swift released two re-recorded albums in 2021, Fearless (Taylor's Version) and Red (Taylor's Version), both of which earned acclaim for their enhanced musicality and vocal performance. Besides music, Swift has played various supportive acting roles in films such as Valentine's Day (2010) and Cats (2019). She has released the autobiographical documentary Miss Americana (2020), and the self-directed musical films Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions (2020) and All Too Well: The Short Film (2021), amongst other specials.

Having sold over 200 million records worldwide, Swift is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her accolades include 11 Grammy Awards (including three Album of the Year wins), an Emmy Award, 12 Country Music Association Awards, 25 Billboard Music Awards (the most wins for a female artist), 34 American Music Awards (the most wins for an artist) and 52 Guinness World Records. She featured on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time (2015), placed eighth on Billboard's Greatest of All Time Artists list (2019), and appeared multiple times on power rankings such as the Time 100 and the Forbes Celebrity 100. Named the Woman of the 2010s Decade by Billboard and the Artist of the 2010s Decade by the American Music Awards, Swift has been recognized for her advocacy of artists' rights and women's empowerment in the music industry.

  1. ^ Kaufman, Gil (July 13, 2016). "Taylor Swift Co-Wrote Calvin Harris' 'This Is What You Came For' Under Swedish Pseudonym". Billboard. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  2. ^ Sources on recognition of Alwyn as Swift's "partner"
    • Malone Kircher, Madison (December 11, 2020). "Thank You, Taylor Swift, for Making My Sad Yuletide Gay(er)". Vulture. Retrieved September 15, 2021. For "betty", it was "William Bowery" a.k.a. her partner Joe Alwyn who, according to Swift’s folklore concert film, plays the piano "just beautifully" and roams the house singing fully formed songs.
    • "Netflix's Miss Americana Unveils a New Taylor Swift". Slate. January 24, 2020. Retrieved September 15, 2021. Although Swift credits much of her recent evolution to her long-term relationship with Joe Alwyn...
    • "Paul McCartney & Taylor Swift". Rolling Stone. November 13, 2020. Retrieved September 15, 2021. McCartney: So how does that go? Does your partner sympathize with that and understand? Swift: Oh, absolutely.

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