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Thursday's Connector of the Day: Taylor Swift

November 18th, 2009
05:04 PM ET

Taylor Swift has quickly made a name for herself. At 19 years old she has become one of the most successful recording artists of this decade in the United States.

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Already having two number one albums on the Billboard charts, Swift has helped bring country music back into the mainstream.

Her album "Fearless" is certified quadruple platinum, and her 60-date tour of the U.S., UK and Australia sold out in one hour.

Last year she earned $18 million.

2009 saw Swift become the first country music artist ever to win an MTV Video Music Award.

While accepting the award for Best Female Song for “You Belong With Me” at this year’s awards ceremony, Swift was abruptly cut off during her acceptance speech by rapper Kanye West. Ripping the microphone out of her hands, he announced that singer Beyonce was more deserving of the award.

Swift and the majority of the audience were stunned in disbelief of what had unfolded. Despite the embarrassment, Swift has truly become fearless in the eyes of her critics. The incident became a sensation on the internet and in the weeks that followed, Swift’s popularity and album sales only increased.

All of this success, for a woman who only learned how to play the guitar on her computer as a little girl.

Now reportedly dating teen heartthrob Taylor Lautner, Swift is topping headlines in the entertainment news.

soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Cara Nelissen

    Is being famous what you expected it to be?

    November 18, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  2. Rick Navarro

    When are you coming back to play the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield?

    November 18, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  3. Cheryl

    Taylor Swift is truly a great artist and singer. We listen to her all the time in our office and actually had a few singing telegram requests for her songs, especially the song Love Story. I also did see Kanye West perform in Shanghai, China, as well. But it's too bad he acted in that way to say Beyonce was more deserving of the award. All performers are great in my eyes. From Cheryl of Asiaroses.com.

    November 18, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  4. Danny Reardon

    When are you coming to Australia to perform?

    November 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  5. Tony


    Rumors around here at Villanova are that you may be enrolling next year. Any truth to this??

    November 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  6. Linda

    I think that her songs are horrible. She basically is talking.

    I do not like this new trend of not taking a breath for many words.

    She's made alot of money, but people buying don't realize what singing should be.

    She has no range of sounds. Her songs are boring. I turn them off whenever they are on the radio.

    November 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  7. caroline

    are you involved with any type of charity work?

    November 18, 2009 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  8. Junie Bayi

    junie from london, england...
    how do you still feel about what happened with kanye at the awards.? and how do you explain ur reaction after wards to beyonces mature move?

    November 18, 2009 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  9. Keegan Bye

    If somebody told you 10 years ago that you were going to be world-famous at the age of 18, what would you have said?

    November 18, 2009 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  10. kevin dang

    could you tell me the thing that most impotance in your life?
    Do you think the successful come to you only because of lucky?
    although you are a young singer but do you ever think about the Complicated world nowadays. and what will you do to heal the world?. and the last question do you have any plan to help poor people in over the world?

    November 18, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  11. Gold Obielum

    If you had a chance to get back at kanye west, would you pounce on it?

    November 18, 2009 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  12. Sunny Bardhan

    What gives you the incentive to sing?

    November 19, 2009 at 12:30 am | Reply
  13. Roger Reka

    Since becoming a world renowned music star, have you kept in touch with your childhood friends?

    November 19, 2009 at 12:51 am | Reply
  14. Daniel T.

    I am a HUGE fan! I was wondering, how did you get to be this famous. How did your music career start? 🙂

    November 19, 2009 at 1:15 am | Reply
  15. Torran Lepper

    Whats it like going from small town hit to a Big time star!!!!
    PS love you work 🙂

    November 19, 2009 at 1:32 am | Reply
  16. Chris

    I have no talent and I can't sing. How can I make 18 millions a year?

    November 19, 2009 at 1:33 am | Reply
  17. Alejandro Cancino

    Is there any interest in coming to Mexico & singing in spanish someday?

    November 19, 2009 at 1:35 am | Reply
  18. Mr. Chhay Tek

    Taylor Swift is a great beautiful girl. Her face is so attractive and make people so impression. She's a great singer for me and I always listen to her songs. Wish, one day I could see her face to face. I wish her a success and gain more and more supporters from all over the world.

    November 19, 2009 at 1:44 am | Reply
  19. thamnguyen

    i like Taylor Swift. you have a great voice. i really like song" you belong with me". it's seem real on my mind. can you share your feeling when you sing that song? thanks!

    November 19, 2009 at 1:53 am | Reply
  20. Chris Pittman

    Would you consider entertaining our deployed troops overseas?

    November 19, 2009 at 9:15 am | Reply
  21. Samantha Arnold

    Taylor, I am a student living in Qingdao, China. My mom and I think you are a fantastic singer. Our favorite song is "Hey Stephen". It is really good. We were wondering what is your favorite song? Thank you.
    Your best fan,
    Samantha Arnold

    November 19, 2009 at 10:17 am | Reply
  22. David

    I agree with Chris Pittman, I'm in Iraq – it would be cool if you, Carrie, Kelly, Martina etc did a USO tour.

    November 19, 2009 at 10:20 am | Reply
  23. Michelle

    How was working with John Mayer like?

    November 19, 2009 at 10:21 am | Reply
  24. d1

    so was the embarrasement on vma planned, just yo make you more famous?

    November 19, 2009 at 10:23 am | Reply
  25. Kana

    I noticed you have some shows booked all over the UK, U.S. and Australia...Any plans to come to Japan?

    November 19, 2009 at 11:21 am | Reply
  26. Nati

    Come to Israel, you have many fans!!

    November 19, 2009 at 11:23 am | Reply
  27. Bridgette

    My daughter's dream is too,just meet you,or even a signed autograph!!
    Anywho,We are big Swift fans in Chesapeake,Va

    Good Luck,in all you do!!!

    November 19, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  28. Patricia

    Are you really dating with taylor lautner? ): How could you!! HE'S MINEEEE, MAN!

    November 19, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  29. Brian

    Studio Manufactured Rock Star

    November 19, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  30. Adrian

    Taylor, are you secretly dating Kanye West?

    November 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  31. Beatrice

    Are you going to tour Asia soon? Do you want to?

    November 19, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  32. Samantha Arnold

    I also want to know if you are ever going to perform in Asia.

    November 19, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  33. James

    Your songs are not country but why is it that they are considered to be country?

    November 19, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  34. Belen Tenorio

    what has been one of your most embarassing moments in life? Love from Spain.

    November 19, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  35. nova

    is she really dating with taylor lautner now????

    November 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  36. Peter

    Congrats to the CMA awards and for the SNL performance. How have you felt yourself during the SNL? How much you practice a day/week?

    November 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  37. Pierre

    How will you use your fame and fortune to make the world a better place?

    November 19, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  38. aqib

    will you marry me 🙂 please....

    November 19, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  39. T.J. and Kiersten from Portland, ME

    We remember seeing you for the first time on CMT, how long had you been waiting for that day when you made it to the media?

    November 19, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  40. shelly

    hey,Swift...I am from beijing china ,and just this afternoon,our music teacher had given us some recommendations on pop music .he mentioned some differences between American and Chinese singers ,that our singers are concerting too much on performances and fame while those in america just ehjoy their own music styles ,do you think that the same goes for u ?and what is your motivation and dream on country music?

    November 19, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  41. Jim Rowland

    Tell me about your favorite guitar.

    November 19, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  42. Spencer

    I saw your show in Tulsa. Not only you were amazing but your band mates were all awesome musicians, especially the guy playing mandolin, banjo and guitar. You acknowledged your band at the CMAs which I thought was very nice. Do your band mates have creative freedom? Do they record with you?

    November 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  43. BaffaMustapha

    I must say, your amazing vocals travel far to my country Nigeria,you are one of my favorites. As a 17year old fan,my questions are: 1.HOW big a problem of Drugs can be to rich ,talented and young Musicians?
    2.WHO has been the main fuel to your Extraordinary success? Kano,Nigeria.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  44. Meg

    I just want to say that you are a great singer and it would be awesome if you came to Belgium one time!
    I was wondering if you were ever doubted by someone who you looked up to?
    Thanks xx

    November 19, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  45. Axel

    Hello from Mauriitus, a tiny island in the Indian Ocean you have probably never even heard of. But your music is big here. So why not come & visit us? Who knows maybe you'll want to settle here.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  46. Seba

    Hi Taylor! I don't know if you're up for personal questions, but how do you manage to stay a normal person and at the same time be a famous teen star? How hard is it really to stay on the ground?

    November 19, 2009 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  47. Julie

    Okay, i have a few questions, i'm a huge fan 🙂

    1. Who are your songs dedicated to? Anyone special?
    2. When are you coming to germany?
    3. Do you follow fans on twitter?
    4. Are you dating Taylor Lautner?
    5. Was your voice good when you were a kid?

    Please answer one of them, that would be great!

    November 19, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  48. Jamie

    How did you enjoy SNL and will you like to do it again??

    November 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Reply
  49. Chris

    I think you did a great job hosting SNL. I really enjoyed your skits. Do you plan on acting in the future?

    November 20, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  50. kayla

    what have you done for the community??????

    please answer asap
    thanks kayla

    November 20, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Reply

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