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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Taylor Swift and her family — parents Scott and Andrea, and brother Austin — moved to Nashville, Tenn., when Swift was 14 years old. She signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV shortly after their arrival, becoming the youngest songwriter ever hired by the company; the budding songstress also signed an artist development deal with RCA Records, before signing with Big Machine. After releasing four multi-platinum country albums, three of which went to No. 1, Swift moved to pop music with the 2014 release of ’1989.’ Swift, who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, has won the Country Music Association’s Pinnacle Award, the American Music Awards’ Dick Clark Award for Excellence and Billboard’s Woman of the Year Award (twice), among many others.

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Natalie Maines Joins Taylor Swift at Staples Center Concert, Sings ‘Goodbye Earl’ [WATCH]

Taylor Swift played her third of five 1989 World Tour shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday night (Aug. 24), and one of the evening's special guests was none other than the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines.

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Oh, How They’ve Changed! See Pictures of Your Favorite Country Artists Then and Now

Through the years, there's been a major evolution in the style of country music, both in terms of fashion and in terms of the music. Cowboy boots and 10-gallon hats will always be red carpet staples, and steel guitars and banjos will always be en vogue, but the days of huge hair, rhinestone suits and super-traditional sounds seem to be gone.

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News Roundup: Chris Young Discusses Blake Shelton / Miranda Lambert Divorce Rumors, Taylor Swift Mentions Mom’s Cancer in Concert

The Boot rounds up today's top stories from our news partners.

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Country Stars’ First Tweets

Almost everyone has a Twitter account these days. The social media site is such a mainstay on the internet that it seems like it's been around forever. But there was a time -- not too long ago, in fact -- when Twitter was just starting out, and thanks to the platform's #FirstTweet tool, it's easy to look back in time to see the first-ever tweets from, well, whoever you want.

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Taylor Swift Explains How Jay Z Helped Her Make Nice With Kanye West

The moment at the 2009 MTV VMA Awards when Kanye West crashed Taylor Swift's acceptance speech is still an often-referenced pop culture moment, but after the two were photographed talking to and looking friendly with each other at the 2015 Grammy Awards, fans assumed that the two stars had buried the hatchet. And in the September 2015 issue of Vanity Fair, Swift explains how it happened.

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Top 10 Country Artists of the 2000s

From seasoned legends to tween newcomers, the country music pool diversified hugely in the first decade of the 2000s -- not only in demographics but also in sound.

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News Roundup: Luke Bryan Will Never Retire, Kelly Clarkson Covers Taylor Swift

The Boot rounds up today's top stories from our news partners.

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Country Stars Soak Up Summertime [PICTURES]

Summertime: The days are bright, the nights are warm, and the water is beckoning with its waves. Millions of Americans go on vacation, cool off in a pool or pitch a tent during the summer, but how do country stars soak up the summer months?

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Top 10 Country Music Albums of the 2000s

Narrowing down a decade's worth of albums into a list of just 10 is brutal business.

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Friends in High Places: Country Stars With Their Famous Friends [PICTURES]

Garth Brooks may have "friends in low places," but for a number of country stars, their closest friendships are the exact opposite.

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