With the 2013 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA finalist and performer Taylor Swift to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught her ears during the past 12 months.
Swift is the only woman to have had two albums (2012′s “Red” and 2010′s “Speak Now”) sell at least 1 million copies in a week. Her single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. She is a finalist in 11 Billboard Music Awards categories including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album (for “Red”), Top Female Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist.
Watch the 2013 Billboard Music Awards Sunday, May 19th at 8|7c on ABC live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as host Tracy Morgan welcomes the biggest names in music to the stage.
Looking back on the past year, what was the highlight for you?
Taylor Swift: For me, the highlight of this year was that fans went out and bought more than a million copies of “Red” in its first week of release. That was such an unbelievable feeling, knowing that many people wanted to hear about the last two years of my life. When I put out an album, it’s like me releasing my version of events, the way I felt at my highest and lowest points. Sharing that with the world is a vulnerable position to put yourself in, and having it be so celebrated by my fans was almost an indescribable feeling of joy and relief and “Oh, good, they understand me.”
What song really made an impact on you this year?
I’m obsessed with “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line. It’s the catchiest thing I’ve heard in years, and I love the Nelly version too. They’re out on tour with us right now, so I get to hear it all the time. I’m also absolutely smitten with “I Love It” by Icona Pop. It’s the way reckless abandon sounds in my head. I play it right before I go onstage.
What new talent emerged or came into his or her own this year that blew you away?
Tegan & Sara have been around for years and I’ve always loved them, but I feel like they really stretched sonically on this new album, “Heartthrob.” I was just so impressed by it, and there isn’t a song on it I don’t love. So I guess, in my mind, I categorize them as the new Tegan & Sara. To see artists evolve like that is so inspiring.
What to you was one of the biggest losses this year in music?
I think losing George Jones deeply saddened everyone in Nashville. His influence on country music and his legacy will last forever. On top of all of that, he was a very sweet man and I’m so sorry we’ve lost him. George Jones never stopped wanting to be onstage. He played live shows until the day he died, and that passion for performing is something I look up to.
What was your favorite music-related meme or viral video this year?
I like the app where you can make your own memes. I make memes all the time and send them to my friends. I also love basically any cat-related YouTube video. Yes, I’m that girl. And I thought the goat video for “I Knew You Were Trouble” was brilliant—I showed it to everyone on my tour.
Was there a surprising sound or music trend that pricked up your ears?
I love that ballads became huge hits this year and that unexpected songs and artists got lots of airplay. Ed Sheeran, the Lumineers and fun. are some of my favorites right now, and they’ve all had big hits with songs that have substance and real instruments. I like it!
What music trend hurts your ears?
I don’t like to feel like I’m in a club when I’m in my car and I turn on the radio. Anything that ceases to be a song and just sounds like house music kind of stresses me out.
How do you live like a high roller when you’re in Las Vegas?
Room service. I don’t care. I love it.
The 2013 CMT Music Awards is pulling out the big guns. Among the first performers announced for the June 5 broadcast are some of the biggest young stars in country: Taylor Swift and Hunter Hayes.
They’ll perform on the Jason Aldean- and Kristen Bell-hosted show alongside some other major names, including Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and the Pistol Annies. The fan-voted show will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at 8 p.m. ET/PT, with additional performers and presenters to be announced in the coming weeks.
I’ve added the first HQ photos of Taylor at the 2013 Costume Institute Gala! She looks absolutely stunning.
I’ll be adding plenty more as they come out, so make sure to check back!
- Appearances, Award Shows & Performances > 2013 > May 07: “PUNK: Chaos To Couture” Costume Institute Gala
I’ve finally found this shoot in HQ! Taylor looks stunning in yellow.
British pop legend Robbie Williams and international superstars Taylor Swift and will.i.am are among the first 10 acts confirmed for this year’s Capital FM Summertime Ball.
The annual event, held at London’s Wembley Stadium, will take place on Sunday, June 9, in aid of Help A London Child. Justin Timberlake has already been confirmed as a guest host.
will.i.am’s The Voice UK colleague Jessie J, pop-rockers Lawson and Ellie Goulding have also been announced, as have Olly Murs and The Wanted.
The Saturdays and Labrinth complete the list for this first announcement.The radio station’s breakfast hosts Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry will reveal more names tomorrow morning, meaning this year’s line-up will be the biggest yet.
The general ticket sale opens tomorrow, Friday April 26, at 8am.
Billboard Award nominations are out, and Taylor is up for several awards, including:
- Top Artist
- Top Billboard 200 Album (for Red)
- Top Female Artist
- Top Hot 100 Artist
- Top Hot 200 Artist
- Top Digital Songs Artist
- Top Social Artist
- Top Country Artist
- Top Country Album (for Red)
- Top Streaming Song (Video) (for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together)
- Top Country Song (for We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together)
Taylor is also nominated for the Milestone Award! Make sure to go vote!
Selena Gomez has revealed that pal Taylor Swift is helping her to write a break-up song reflecting on the end of her romance with Justin Bieber.
Swift – who is no stranger to penning tracks about her own previous conquests – is said to be giving Gomez advice when it comes to getting her feelings onto paper.
Speaking of Taylor, the Come & Get It singer told Ellen DeGeneres: “Yeah, she obviously has her own technique to it that works so well with her and she just knows how to make hits.
“I like to keep things a little more internal and that’s just because I’m trying to dabble into it a little bit more and she’s helped me actually, giving me great advice on how to do that.”
Gomez went on to praise the 22 hitmaker, adding: “I think she’s one of the strongest girls I’ve ever met, to be honest, I think she’s really strong and very passionate. I love that.”
I’ve added six HQ and large outtakes from what is probably my absolute favourite Taylor shoot ever! She just looks so gorgeous in that shoot.
I’ve added another three large photos from a recent photoshoot to the gallery
I’ve added three photos from a brand new photoshoot to the gallery. Two are large (1000px), and one is HQ
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