Twice as Nice
Swift, 21, walks away with her second entertainer of the year CMA Award. With her arm serving as a cheat sheet, the country music cutie gushes in her acceptance speech about the "camaraderie between artists," thanking Usher, Tim McGraw and Justin Bieber for collaborating with her over the past year.
Swifts adds two more awards to her growing Grammy Awards collection for her hit "Mean," which she performs at the show to a standing ovation. "I am so happy right now," the singer says as she accepts the trophy for best country song. In April, Swift takes home the top prize at the ACM Awards for entertainer of the year.
Keeping Up with the Kennedys
Swift debuts her new romance with Conor Kennedy, the 18-year-old son of Robert Kennedy, Jr. and the late Mary Kennedy, with whom she is spotted exploring his Mount Kisco, N.Y., hometown and in Nashville. "She is swept off her feet," a source tells PEOPLE. Three months later, the couple split amicably. "His friends have said it's over," a source from Kennedy's school, the Deerfield Academy, confirms to PEOPLE. "I have the feeling she ended it."
The country singer's fourth effort tops the Billboard 200 album chart after selling 1.2 million copies in its first week, becoming the fastest-selling album in a decade and scoring the second-largest sales total for a female artist behind Britney Spears's 2000 album, Oops! ... I Did It Again. "My mind frame during this recording process and the writing process was the ups and downs of a few really tumultuous relationships," she tells Entertainment Tonight of her inspiration. "[They] had, you know, various amounts of damage and impact and things that were really tough for me to get through."
After getting affectionate during her X Factor performance in November, Swift and One Direction frontman Harry Styles step out to visit New York's Central Park Zoo on December 2. But just a month later, the pair calls it quits after a reportedly tumultuous New Year's getaway to the Caribbean.
Making Country Music Proud
After performing an acoustic version of "Red," Swift is awarded the Pinnacle Award for her "positive impact in the Academy of Country Music worldwide" at the CMAs. "I love you, you've made me feel so special right now. Thank you," she says in her acceptance speech.
A Royal Welcome
Swift not only gets the honor of meeting Prince William, she gets to perform for him at an event to benefit his charity, Centrepoint. Later that night, Swift and William team up with Jon Bon Jovi to sing his hit "Livin' On a Prayer."
The singer, who has previously straddled the boundaries of country and pop music, releases her album 1989 – and officially leaves Nashville behind. "This felt like the most authentic thing for me to follow because I've been playing around with pop sensibilities with my writing for the past couple of years, and I just really wanted to go for it this time," she shares on release day. To really mark the shift, she moves from Music City to the Big Apple.
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- Taylor Swift
- Real Name
- Taylor Alison Swift
- Date of Birth
- December 13, 1989
- Birth Place
- Wyomissing, Pa.
Harry Styles (dated briefly in 2012)
Conor Kennedy (dated briefly in 2012)
Jake Gyllenhaal (dated briefly in 2010)
Taylor Lautner (dated briefly in 2009)
Joe Jonas, ex-boyfriend (2008)