Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American country pop singer-songwriter, musician and actress. She was born in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.
She began writing songs in fourth grade, after winning a national poetry contest, using music as a form of venting her feelings from various issues in her life, such as bullying. This unfiltered expression through autobiographical lyrics has carried throughout her career; she has said that if people listen to her music it’s as though they’re reading her diary because of how personal her lyrics are.
In 2009, following the release of her 2008 album, Fearless, Taylor would win big. That year, she became the youngest artist ever to win the Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the year. She also won the MTV Award for Best Female Video for “You Belong With Me.” This award show would prove key in her career—after her speech was interrupted by Kanye West, the incident went viral and, according to some, made her more famous. In a 2010 article, Scott Borchetta, the president of Swift’s label, Big Machine said:
The Kanye incident brought attention to Taylor, to an audience that did not really know her or her music. And when they did check it out, they discovered that they really liked it
In 2014, after three country and one pop-country album, Swift completely crossed over to pop with the release of 1989. It merited her 11 weeks at number one on the album chart, three number one singles, two other top tens, and one other top twenty.