Taylor Swift reflects on 'crazy dreams' come true

Fri Dec 11, 2009 7:27pm EST
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By Bill Werde

NEW YORK (Billboard) - To say Taylor Swift had a remarkable year would be a comic understatement.

She sold more albums than any artist not named Michael Jackson. Her first headlining tour, Fearless 2009, sold out every show within minutes. She became the youngest woman to win the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award, and she set seemingly every chart record that exists.

But most important, she proved herself a graceful, timeless celebrity, handling hosting duties on "Saturday Night Live" and a rampaging Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards with equal aplomb. Billboard caught up with her on the phone from London to discuss her exhilarating last 12 months.

Billboard: Have you spent much time reflecting on your growth in the past year?

Taylor Swift: I do a lot of reflecting. I'll be driving down the streets I used to drive down in Nashville and my song will come on the radio or I'll pass my high school and something will remind me of how my life was before all of these crazy dreams started coming true. We wished for this, my parents and I, every single day without actually believing it would come true.

Billboard: You've set a ton of records this year and won a slew of awards. I'd like to run down a couple. You became the youngest person to win the entertainer of the year award at the Country Music Association Awards.

Swift: I'd have to say that was the most mind-blowing experience, hearing my name called and winning that award. That is an award I had placed in an unattainable spot in my head. To be the youngest to win it makes me love country music even more for being so open-minded.

Billboard: And you spent more weeks on the Billboard 200 than any other artist this decade.   Continued...