Taylor Swift joins a elite group of 2009 newsmakers, as one of NBC's 'People of the Year.' In a special to air Thanksgiving night, host Matt Lauer will spotlight the most fascinating, inspirational, heroic and notorious figures -- and the most-talked about stories of the year.

Also making the list are Nadya Suleman (the so-called 'Octo-mom'), 'Britain's Got Talent' sensation Susan Boyle, NBA star Kobe Bryant, Captain Chelsey ('Sully') Sullenberger, the commercial pilot who landed his jet in the Hudson River and Captain Richard Phillips, who fought off Somali pirates.

For her part, Taylor's year has been nothing short of phenomenal. She ...

-- was named the youngest-ever CMA Entertainer of the Year at age 19.

-- is the year's biggest-selling artist in all musical genres.

-- has the longest-charting album of the 21st century.

-- became the first country act to win an MTV Video Music Award.

-- hosted and was the musical guest on 'Saturday Night Live.'

-- created a global sensation with the sold-out 'Fearless' tour, which continues in 2010.

-- launched a line of signature guitars and greeting cards.

-- filmed her big-screen debut in the comedy 'Valentine's Day.'

NBC's 'People of the Year' with Matt Lauer, will premiere on Thursday, Nov. 26 at 9:00 PM (ET).