If country music superstar Taylor Swift's parents have a trophy case for their daughter's accomplishments, it must already be overflowing. Swift, 19, has had a picture-perfect year, topping the music charts, hosting “Saturday Night Live,” performing sold-out concerts and picking up many awards along the way.
Swift won two awards at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards, including “Album of the Year.” She is the youngest artist ever to win that award. She also picked up five trophies at the Country Music Association Awards, including “Entertainer of the Year” and “Album of the Year,” as well as the “Best Female Video” award at the MTV Video Music Awards. Swift also took home five awards at the American Music Awards, including “Artist of the Year.”
In November, Swift donated $20,800 to BBC’s Children in Need, which helps disadvantaged children. Earlier this year, she also donated a dress to DonateMyDress.org, a national charity network.
Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. She released her first album in 2006. Swift says she prefers to write her own songs using lyrics that are very personal to her, and that she draws happiness from her fans. "I get so excited when a song I wrote that's very personal to me goes No. 1 and I look down and see people singing the words back to me,” Swift told TIME. “That makes me so much happier than anything could ever bring me down."
For being a talented singer-songwriter and a good role model, Taylor Swift is a nominee for TFK Person of the Year 2009.