2021’s Best Female Artist

Madison Julian

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Taylor Alison Swift was born December 13th, 1989 (31 years old) in West Reading, PA. Swift was raised on her family Christmas Tree farm near Wyomissing. Her grandmother was a professional Opera singer, and Taylor seemed to be walking along in her footsteps. Taylor sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a 79ners basketball in Pennsylvania at age eleven. Taylor began learning guitar at 12 from a computer musician, Ronnie Cremer, who later helped her write her song “Lucky You”. Her family sold their farm and moved to Nashville to pursue her dream as a musician. Her performance at the bluebird cafe helped her get a contract with Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records. 

She soon released her first single, Tim Mcgraw in 2006 reaching the Top 10 hits on the country charts. In 2008 Taylor was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Artist category and won other awards that same year such as the ACM’s female vocalist of the Year award. Taylor then released her album Fearless which hit the country and pop charts for eleven weeks straight. Taylor was the best selling country artist that year. 

Taylor won countless awards as a country artist and wrote 4 country albums. She longed for more and decided to take a pop turn in 2014 with her first pop album, 1989. This album won 5 awards such as the Billboard Music Award and not one but two Grammys. I believe this to be one of the best albums Taylor has ever written. You may recognize this album from her hits “Blank Space”, “Shake It Off”, “Style” and “Bad Blood”. 

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We all know Swift as one of the biggest female pop artists with four pop albums and several hits. She wrote many songs with artists of all sorts such as Kendrick Lamar, Brendon Urie, Zayn Malik, Tim Mcgraw and numerous others. We haven’t heard much from Taylor since her last pop album in 2019, that was until recently. 

Like her usual routine Taylor decided to give us some new genres such as Indie Folk, Alternative rock and folktronica in her recent albums Folklore and Evermore (2020). These two albums have been said to be Taylor’s masterpieces. Folklore became the best selling album in 2020 and had 5 nominations at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards such as Album of the Year. 

With every album Taylor releases we see her progress in her musical evolution, and her list of awards and achievements grow in number every year. I’m curious to see what the future holds for Swift and her fanbase. Will she continue her folk series? Add a new genre to her list? Or switch back to pop? With her talent, her possibilities are endless.