Taylor Swift has been a force in the music industry since her self-titled debut in 2006. In 2011 alone, Taylor toured the world, tripped the 20 million mark on number of albums sold and won numerous awards, including two Entertainer of the Year trophies.
Taylor spent 2011 touring the world on her Speak Now World Tour. Taylor played shows in Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada in 2011 and will take the Broadway-inspired show to Australia and New Zealand in 2012. In total, the tour will have played more than 100 shows once the Australian leg wraps. The Speak Now World Tour was ranked as the fifth-biggest tour of the year by Billboard, behind the likes of U2 and Bon Jovi, grossing $97,368,416 and playing for 1,356,720 fans.
Before a show in London during the European leg of her tour, Taylor was surprised with a plaque commemorating more than 20 million albums sold world wide. Taylor also surpassed more than 40 million digital single downloads in 2011.
“I’m absolutely blown away by the 20 million records plaque,” Taylor told the Associated Press. “It’s just sort of beyond my comprehension to get a plaque like that. The fact that the fans have done that much for me in such a short period of time is just unreal and I’m so excited and so thankful.”
The awards continued to pour in for Taylor in 2011 as well. In April, she was named ACM Entertainer of Year and in May, took home three trophies at the 2011 Billboard Awards, including the all-genre Top 200 Albums Artist Award. In August, she received six Teen Choice Awards. Taylor was crowned Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards in November and swept the American Music Awards later that month, receiving three awards, including Artist of the Year.
“This is the first time I’ve ever won this and I’m losing my mind,” Taylor said when she accepted her ACM for Entertainer of the Year. “The fact it is from the fans makes it even more special. You are best thing that has ever happened to me, ever. Thank you so much.”
Taylor wrapped up 2011 by receiving two GRAMMY nominations for her hit “Mean” and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. She also came in as Billboard’s Top Country Artist for 2011 and her Speak Now album was ranked as Billboard’s Top Country Album of 2011. So what’s left for Taylor, who just turned 22, to accomplish in 2012? She still has one long-term goal in mind.
“There is longevity,” Taylor said. “I have so many heroes that are simply my heroes because of their longevity and because of their cultural relevancy and their musical relevancy over decades. People who I feel have been so incredible and authentic at what they do for long periods of time, and I want to keep doing this. That’s the next goal – just keep on doing this and hopefully people like it.”
Taylor spent her 22nd birthday in the studio, starting work on her fourth studio album.