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Summering with the Kennedy Clan
Happy, Free, Confused and Lonely at the Same Time
But Taylor seemed to have been able to bring the best of her “old life” into the frenzy of fame. “When you can still just call your best friend that you had in high school and talk about the same things you used to talk about, that’s when you know it’s okay.” When Taylor talked about love and relationships, she dwelled on them at length and in detail:
After baring her heart in hit songs, Taylor now found her love life—or some distorted version of it—treated as a joke. At the Golden Globes in February 2013, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler got on stage and joked: “You know what, Taylor Swift, you stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son.” The joke wouldn’t have worked without the audience being aware of Swift’s highly scrutinized romantic life, the stuff of tabloid obsession. So the zinger hit home, and the audience exploded with laughter, and, as if it were middle school all over again, some went “Ooooooh.” “Or go for it, or go for it,” Poehler interjected. “No,” said Fey. “She needs some ‘me’ time to learn about herself.” That got another big laugh.
Taylor was in the ladies’ room at the time. So, she didn’t hear the sound of everybody who was anybody in Hollywood laughing at her. When she was discussing that moment in an interview with Vanity Fair a couple of weeks later, Taylor just smiled and said, “You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved”—from former secretary of state Madeleine Albright—“that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’” The incident quickly became a much-followed story on the Web and Twitter. Understandably, the negative, and plainly sexist press really seemed to bug Taylor:
The RED Tour
Sharing the Stage With Legends
Another highlight came in June 2013, when Taylor joined the Rolling Stones onstage at Chicago’s United Center last night to perform “As Tears Go By.” She also joined Mick Jagger for a slightly exaggerated version of a formal dance, as if the two were crashing a ball at some palace. As she shared with her 28 million Twitter followers after the show, the night was clearly special for her: “Filing this under ‘never in my wildest dreams’. Thank you Rolling Stones for inviting me to Chicago to sing with you.”
Taylor Swift Education Center
But Taylor’s relationship to country was not merely a matter of careerist calculation. Nashville is a song town, and Taylor has first and foremost always been a songwriter, steeped in Music Row’s values of craftsmanship and storytelling. That is also why she made a generous donation toward the country Establishment. In October 2013, she attended a gala ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which she personally endowed with a $4 million donation: “I love being a part of the country-music community. I’m really excited about this music education center and the fact that right now they have three different classes going on.”
The center has a classroom space, a hands-on instrument room and ongoing education opportunities. Museum officials said the new center would increase educational opportunities sevenfold going forward. “We’ve been talking about different programs I can be involved in,” Taylor said. “I hate to call it a lecture because that sounds like I’m yelling at people, but we could do a Q&A talking to students here, and a songwriters’ discussion would be really fun to have at some point.” To this day, Taylor’s ties to Nashville are strong.
The rationale behind the decision to award it to Taylor was that she had taken country music to a new level, that because of her, its reach was wider and more influential than ever before. And that even though she was not just a country superstar but a superstar, period, she remained loyal to her country roots and continued to elevate the art form. Brooks won his when he was 43; Taylor was 23. This was huge. In the video accompanying the celebration, even bigger names congratulated Taylor – Carly Simon, Mick Jagger, Ethel Kennedy, Julia Roberts, to only name a few. Taylor was clearly moved by the love: “You’ve made me feel so special right now, thank you,” she said, tearing up. Tim McGraw probably stated what was on everyone’s mind that night: “While Taylor may be at the pinnacle now, who knows what new heights she decides to reach?”
The RED Tour 2013-2014 “The RED Tour” was Taylor’s third concert tour. Launched in support of her fourth studio album, RED (2012), the tour began on March 13, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska, and concluded on June 12, 2014 in Singapore. It became the highest-grossing tour by a country artist in history, bringing in an overall gross of $150 million.
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
Duet With Jon Bon Jovi and the Duke of Cambridge
Leaving Country Music
Little did Taylor know that the next couple of years were going to be anything but quiet. She was about to become the biggest star on the planet.
|Beginning of Era||August 2012|
|End of Era|
Red, black and white
Bangs and straight hair