Taylor Swift Earns Top Honor From Entertainment Weekly
Taylor Swift has been named Entertainer of the Year by Entertainment Weekly magazine, thanks to her record-breaking year. The multi-platinum-selling star kicked off 2010 by appearing in the hit film, 'Valentine's Day,' which featured an all-star cast including Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel and Taylor's former flame, Taylor Lautner. The 20-year-old also scored four Grammy awards, headlined a sold-out concert tour and released her third studio album, 'Speak Now,' which went platinum one week after its release.
'Speak Now,' like Taylor's previous two albums, earned her rave reviews in part for her honest lyrics that pay homage to ex-boyfriends, high school crushes and loyal, trustworthy friends. With the first two singles, 'Mine,' and 'Back to December,' both poignant referrals to past relationships (rumored to include Joe Jonas and John Mayer), Taylor keeps the mystery alive by refusing to confirm who the songs are about.
"Sometimes I would laugh because I would see it in print and it would say, 'This song, which is written about her ex, so-and-so...' Taylor states in the EW cover story. "And they would write about it as if it was fact. The fact is, I haven't ever confirmed that any song is about any particular person. There's something kind of freeing about that. As far as I'm concerned, it's all still up in the air."
Taylor also became a headline mainstay in 2009, following the now-famous interruption of her acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards by rapper Kanye West, Taylor waited one full year until the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards to issue a response to his inappropriate behavior, by singing a tune, 'Innocent,' which she penned in the awards show aftermath. "I had decided that I didn't want to perform on the show. Or even go," she admits. "Then I woke up in the middle of the night and I realized that I had to, and that I wanted to perform that song."
Taylor is taking some time off for the holidays before embarking on her Speak Now 2011 World Tour on February 9 in Singapore. The tour will play 87 dates in 19 countries and six stadiums, with recently-announced Christian rock group NeedtoBreathe serving as her opening act. Find tour dates here.