Taylor Swift turns 25 today, so it’s only natural we’re compelled to celebrate her awesomeness. It was a huge year for the pop sensation, whose remarkable career continues on an upward path. Her name was constantly in the headlines, her tunes toped charts from all around the world, her videos instantly became viral sensations. Here are five reasons why Taylor should officially be recognized as Queen of 2014.
She released 1989
Last month, 1989 debuted atop the Billboard 200, with the biggest sales week for an album since 2002: 1.29 million copies, according to Nielsen Music. In August, Shake It Off became Swift’s second Billboard Hot 100 No. 1. It stayed there until it was bumped by Blank Space in early November. That’s when Taylor became the first female artist to ever replace herself atop that chart. No wonder Billboard named her Woman of the Year.
She’s great to her fans
Despite her incredible popularity, Taylor Swift still makes it a priority to connect with her fans. She sometimes responds to them in candid ways on social networks, she joined Tumblr to be closer to their hearts, and she even invites them over to listen to her album before everyone else. As a Swiftie, what more could you possibly wish for?
She mentored on The Voice
Taylor’s busy year included mentoring on The Voice, where she helped contestants improve their performances. She was a sweetheart, and she made a great team with the coaches: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, and Adam Levine.
She made a stand
Taylor Swift shocked a lot of people this year when she decided to pull all of her albums from Spotify. Apparently the website was pressuring her to upload 1989 as well, and she didn’t want to give in. Earlier this year, she wrote an op-ed piece on the state of the music industry in The Wall Street Journal, where she stated that: “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.”
She starred in a movie
After a minor appearance in the TV show New Girl back in 2013, Taylor hit the big screens this year with a cameo in The Giver, a movie based on the 1993 award-winning book. She plays Rosemary, the Receiver of Memory that failed and brought some memories back to the Community. You go, girl!
Taylor Swift, we’re truly glad you were born. Happy Birthday!