Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 31, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania. She’s an American singer songwriter and one of the leading contemporary recording artists. She’s known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received massive media coverage. Take a look below for 30 more fun and fascinating facts about Taylor Swift.
1. She’s won 11 American Music Awards, 7 Grammy Awards, and 6 Country Music Association Awards.
2. Her father is a descendant of three generations of bank presidents and worked for Merrill Lynch. When she was 14, her family moved to Nashville where her father purchased a stake in Big Machine, the label which Swift first signed.
3. In 2012, when Taylor held a public vote for where she should visit and perform a free concert, 4chan users voted for a children’s school for the deaf and won the vote.
4. In 2014, Taylor Swift accidentally released 8 seconds of white noise on iTunes for $1.29. It instantly became #1 in Canada before being removed.
5. She donated all the proceeds from Wildest Dream to African wildlife conservation.
6. Swift once made a rap video with T-Pain called “Thug Story.”
7. She has insured her legs for $40 million.
8. When she was sued for plagiarizing Shake It Off, the court’s dismissal was written using lyrics from Swift’s songs.
9. Taylor Swift learned how to play the guitar from a man who originally came to fix her computer.
10. In 2014, she removed her music from Spotify because she said, “music should not be free.”
11. Out of all the teams that play at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Taylor Swift received a banner before The Clippers.
12. She was the voice behind Audrey in the 2012 animated movie The Lorax.
13. She’s the youngest artist in history to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2010. She was only 20 years old at the time.
14. Her brother, Austin Swift, is a freelance photographer. He helped photograph the Fearless Tour.
15. Her album “Fearless” is the most awarded album in the history of country music. The album is certified 6 times platinum.
16. Taylor Swift became the youngest sold writer and singer of a number 1 country song through her single “Our Song.”
17. She wrote 9 out of the 16 songs in her fourth studio album “Red.” The other 7 songs on the album she co-wrote with Max Martin, Ed Sheeran, Gary Lightbody, Dan Wilson and Liz Rose.
18. When she was 11 years old, she won a local talent competition singing LeAnn Rimes’ “Big Deal.”
19. Taylor has stated that she almost definitely wouldn’t get a real tattoo because she doesn’t think she could commit to any one saying or symbol for the rest of her life.
20. She was the first Saturday Night Live host to ever write their own monologue. She chose to write a song for the event called “My Monologue Song” which included jokes about Joe Jonas and Kanye West, and a kiss for Taylor Lautner who she was dating at the time.
21. Her family owned a shetland pony and Quarter horses. She learned English Riding as a child and even competed in horse shows.
22. She liked reading and writing poetry and she was very drawn to the works of Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss when she was growing up.
23. In 2013, she became the second person and the first woman to receive the Country Music Association’s Pinnacle Award.
24. She used MySpace to develop her fanbase, which was unheard of in country music at the time.
25. Taylor Swift has said that she would like to write her own biography. She said, “Years from now it would be cool to write a book about all the crazy stuff and the insane things I’ve gotten to do. My life moves so fast, I hate to write it all down, otherwise I can’t remember where I was yesterday. I will write my biography for sure.”
26. In 2009, she made country music history again by selling more digital downloads than any other country artist ever. She sold over 20 million hits worldwide.
27. Taylor owns a Dassault Falcon 900 private jet, which costs around $40 million, and an airport hangar at Nashville International Airport.
28. In 2012, Michelle Obama presented Taylor Swift with the Big Help Award for her dedication to helping others and inspiring others through action.
29. The first song she learned to play on the guitar was “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer.
30. Taylor’s grandmother, Marjorie Finlay, was an accomplished opera singer. Swift has said, “She was one of my first inspirations. The people around me provided all the inspiration I needed. Everything I wrote came from that experience, what I observed happening around me.”