Best of 2008

Country's Breakout Year (Hello, Taylor!)

From Taylor to Keith Urban, see how Nashville's A-listers took over the world – and MTV! By Katie Kauss

TAYLOR SWIFT

A country star co-hosting an MTV red carpet show? It's the power of chart-topper Taylor Swift, who this year popped up everywhere from the VMAs to the CMAs – and even landed a role in the upcoming Hannah Montana movie. "I feel like the luckiest girl in the world," Swift said in November, rebounding from a high-profile breakup with Joe Jonas and going on to win favorite country female at the American Music Awards.