Published On: Dec 12 2013 03:32:47 PM CSTUpdated On: Dec 13 2015 01:00:00 AM CST
Taylor Swift burst upon the music scene in 2006 as a 16-year-old and hasn't come close to losing momentum since. Join us for a look at the singer-songwriter's career so far.
In 2006, Taylor Swift released her self-titled debut album at the age of 16. It would go on to be certified platinum five times over, reach No. 5 on the Billboard 200, and top the Top Country Albums Chart for 24 non-consecutive weeks.
Swift poses at the 40th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 6, 2006.
Swift had her first No. 1 song, "Our Song," top the country music charts when she was nine days past her 18th birthday, making her the fourth-youngest female singer to top the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a No. 1 song on the chart.
Taylor Swift performs at a concert in 2007.
Swift performs at Yahoo headquarters on May 16, 2007.
Swift performs the National Anthem before the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Tampa Bay Rays in game three of the 2008 World Series on Oct. 25, 2008, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Swift's sophomore album "Fearless" was released on Nov. 11, 2008. Based off the success of the crossover pop hits "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me," the album became the best-selling album of 2009 and won four Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the youngest ever Album of the Year winner.
Swift arrives at the premiere for "Hannah Montana: The Movie" on April 2, 2009.
In arguably the most memorable moment in MTV Video Music Awards history, rapper Kanye West interrupted Swift's acceptance speech for Best Female Video for "You Belong with Me" on Sept. 13, 2009, grabbing the mic with the words "Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'ma Let you finish" before proclaiming that Beyonce's video for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," nominated for the same award, was "one of the best videos of all time."
Later in the ceremony, Beyonce, who took home the top prize for the Kanye's favorite video, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," brought Swift back up onstage to finish her interrupted acceptance speech.
Swift drops one of her four Grammy awards at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2010. She won Album of the Year and Best Country Album for "Fearless" and Best Female Vocal Performance and Best Country Song for "White Horse."
Swift poses with her friend Emma Stone at the Hollywood premiere of Stone's movie "Easy A" on Sept. 13, 2010.
Swift has occasionally tried her hand at acting, including guest roles on episodes of "CSI" and "New Girl," voicing a character in the 2012 animated movie "The Lorax," and starring with Taylor Lautner in 2010's "Valentine's Day."
Swift attends the 2010 Time 100 event on Sept. 12, 2010.
Her third album, "Speak Now," came in October 2010 and debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, selling more than 1 million copies in its first week. It featured the No. 1 country hits "Sparks Fly" and "Ours."
Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift attend the 2011 People's Choice Awards on Jan. 5, 2011, in Los Angeles, California.
Swift poses in the photo room after winning three awards during the 2011 Billboard Music Awards show in Las Vegas on May 22, 2011.
Swift performs live on her Speak Now tour on June 18, 2011, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Swift wins a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2012.
Swift performs in Sydney, Australia, during the Speak Now World Tour on March 9, 2012.
Swift performs "We are Never Getting Back Together" during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 6, 2012.
Her fourth album, 2012's "Red," also debuted on top of the Billboard 200 chart, selling 1.28 million copies in its first week, the second-highest first-week sales for a female artist behind only Britney Spears' "Oops!... I Did It Again."
Swift arrives at the NRJ Music Awards on Jan. 26, 2013.
Swift poses as she arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2013.
Swift is seen here during her Red Tour in March 2013.
Swift accepts the award for best female video for "I Knew You Were Trouble" as presenters Daft Punk stand on stage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
Swift speaks with Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, during the Centrepoint Gala Dinner at Kensington Palace in London on Nov. 26, 2013.
Swift arrives at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 6, 2014.
Swift attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014, in New York City.
Swift performs during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sept. 19, 2014.
Swift released her fifth studio album, "1989," on Oct. 27, 2014. The album, which is named for the year Swift was born, finds her focusing more than ever on a pop music sound. The first single from the album, "Shake It Off," was released on Aug. 18, 2014, and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was her second No. 1 hit after 2012's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," and was followed at No. 1 immediately by the album's second single, "Blank Space," making Swift the first woman in the Hot 100's 56-year history to succeed herself at the top spot.
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