American pop singer-songwriter Taylor Alison Swift is a nine-time Grammy winner with a devoted fan following.
The “Shake It Off” singer has been making music for more than a decade and is only getting more popular. As of June 2019, Swift is the world’s highest-paid celebrity, earning $185 million.
Here’s everything you need to know about the superstar:
Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Her father, Scott, was a financial advisor and her mother, Andrea, was a homemaker. She has a younger brother, Austin.
Swift began writing songs at age 5 and by age 10, she had learned how to play guitar. She sang the national anthem at a Philadelphia 76ers game at age 11.
Swift’s self-titled debut album was released in 2006 when she was 16. The album showcased her talent for writing heartfelt songs about her personal life experiences. It was a commercial success, selling more than 5 million copies worldwide.
Swift’s second album, “Fearless,” was released in 2008. The album was an even bigger success, winning four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.
Swift’s other albums include “Speak Now” (2010), “Red” (2012), “1989” (2014), “Reputation” (2017) and “Lover” (2019).
In addition to her nine Grammy Awards, Swift has also won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, 10 American Music Awards, 23 Billboard Music Awards, and 32 Country Music Association Awards.
In 2018, she was one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
Swift is the youngest person ever to be named entertainer of the year by the magazine.
Swift has dated a number of high-profile celebrities, including Harry Styles, Calvin Harris, Tom Hiddleston, and Joe Alwyn. She is currently in a relationship with British actor Joe Alwyn.
In 2016, Swift was sued for $3 million by DJ David Mueller for defamation after groping her during a meet-and-greet photo session. Swift countersued for $1 and won the case.
In 2019, Swift was involved in a public feud with music manager Scooter Braun after he purchased her former record label, Big Machine Label Group, for $300 million. Swift accused Braun of “incessant, manipulative bullying” and vowed to re-record her old albums to regain control of her music.
Swift is an advocate for gender equality and has spoken out against sexual assault. She donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project in 2019 to support the organization’s efforts to defeat a slate of anti-LGBTQ bills in the state legislature.
Swift has donated millions of dollars to various charities over the years. In 2015, she donated $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony and $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
In 2017, she donated $1 million each to the Louisiana SPCA and New Orleans Children’s Hospital following Hurricane Harvey.
Swift has also donated to the Red Cross, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the American Red Cross, and World Vision.