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  Taylor Nominated For 7 Grammy Awards!
 

It’s that time of the year again! The 58th Annual Grammy nominations were announced this morning! Taylor is nominated for seven awards including: Song of the Year (Blank Space), Record of the Year (Blank Space) and Best Music Video (Bad Blood). She’s also up for the highest honor of the night, Album of the Year (1989)!

RECORD OF THE YEAR – Blank Space
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – 1989
SONG OF THE YEAR – Blank Space
BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE – Blank Space
BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE – Bad Blood
BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM – 1989
BEST MUSIC VIDEO – Bad Blood

The award show will be held on February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California and broadcast live on CBS. Taylor has won 7 Grammys in her career, including Album of the Year in 2010 for Fearless! Hopefully we see this number increase in 2016! Good luck Taylor! To see all the Grammy nominees this year, click here.


  Taylor Donates $50,000 to Seattle Symphony
 

From one Grammy winner to another: Taylor Swift donates $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony, inspired by its commission and performance of John Luther Adams’ award-winning “Become Ocean.”

On Thursday morning, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra announced an unexpected gift — $50,000 from country-pop superstar Taylor Swift. It was a present from one Grammy Award winner to another.

In a letter to music director Ludovic Morlot, Swift said she was inspired to donate by a recording of John Luther Adams’ Grammy-winning “Become Ocean,” which the Symphony commissioned, premiered at Benaroya Hall in 2013 and then performed at Carnegie Hall the following year as part of the Spring for Music Festival. The composition, Swift wrote, reminded her of going to her local symphony with her grandmother.

“I was thrilled to hear that Taylor was moved by ‘Become Ocean,’” Morlot said in a prepared statement. “This is a powerful piece with a unique soundscape.” The swelling, oceanic composition also won a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music and was described by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as “magnificent” with “a sense of unwinding, of subsiding, of dissolution.”

Swift’s donation is earmarked for two Seattle Symphony programs: Link Up, a music-education program for elementary-school students — which sends teaching artists into classrooms for weekslong residencies — and its musicians’ pension fund. Link Up has an annual budget of $360,000.

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  BBC Music Awards Nomination
 

Taylor has been nominated for a BBC Music Award for International Artist of The Year! She is nominated alongside The Weeknd, Hozier, Foo Fighters, Major Lazer and Prince. The winner will be chosen by a panel of experts and the show will take place December 10th in Birmingham. Read more below!

All roads lead to Birmingham this December for the second annual BBC Music Awards.

As we count down towards our celebration of the standout moments of an amazing year in music, we can now reveal the shortlisted artists for three key awards.

The winners, as voted for by a BBC Music panel as well as leading music journalists, will be announced at the event being held at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on Thursday December 10.

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  Taylor Featured on Guardian’s Media100 Most Influential People in Media List
 

Taylor was featured on the Guardian’s Media100 Most Influential People in Media List! Coming in at #8, Taylor is the only other entertainer featured alongside Adele. Amongst Taylor’s record breaking album sales, Taylor is also credited for her influence in changing Apple’s policy on compensation for artists during Apple Music’s free trial period.

Taylor Swift Is Continuing Her Reign As The Most Influential Woman In The U.k. Press After Landing At Number Eight On The 2015 Mediaguardian 100 Poll.

The annual survey, compiled by editors at Britain’s Guardian newspaper, ranks those who boast the most pulling power and have had the biggest impact on national art, advertising, technology and journalism in the past year.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg tops the new countdown, while fellow tech leaders Larry Page, co-founder of Google, and Apple CEO Tim Cook trail at two and three, respectively.

Taylor becomes the highest-placed celebrity at eight, up two spots from last year’s (14) poll, after the Shake It Off singer “singlehandedly got Apple to take notice when they totally ignored major corporations” over their initial plans not to compensate artists for streaming their work during Apple Music’s free trial earlier this year (15).

British presenter Chris Evans rides high at 13, while fellow TV personality and comedian Lenny Henry places at 18.

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  1989 World Tour: Sydney, Australia
 

Taylor performed at the ANZ stadium in Sydney, Australia yesterday! She performed in front of a crowd of 76,000 fans, the largest crowd she’s ever played to. For the surprise B stage song, Taylor chose “You Are In Love“. Check out photos from the show in the gallery and make sure to read reviews from the show below!

Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour review: as sweet as it was calculated, Swift executes a near-perfect show
Taylor Swift kicks off Aussie tour
The best moments from Taylor Swift’s first Australian concert
Review: Taylor Swift – ANZ Stadium


  Taylor wins 3 American Music Awards
 

Taylor won three American Music Awards last night! She was unfortunately not in attendance but was still the most awarded artist of the night with wins in the following categories:

Song of the year – “Blank Space”
Favorite Album Pop/Rock – “1989”
Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary


  Taylor Donates 25,000 Scholastic Books to New York City Schools
 

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today, singer, songwriter Taylor Swift and Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, announced a donation of 25,000 new, age-appropriate books from the Scholastic Possible Fund to 25 New York City schools in need of more books for their students.

Twenty-five schools will each receive 1,000 new children’s books through the Scholastic Possible Fund as a result of Taylor’s support of the Company’s “Open a World of Possible,” initiative, designed to promote independent reading among all children. As a long-time literacy advocate, Taylor hosted a webcast for classrooms during which she shared how books, reading and writing have influenced her and opened her world. Since it first aired in October 2014, the webcast has been viewed by more than 4.5 million students from around the country and is available at: http://www.scholastic.com/taylorswift/

The importance of increasing access to books in schools was highlighted in the most recent Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™ which found that children ages 6-17 from lower-income households are more likely to read books for fun in school and far less likely to read books outside of school than their higher-income peers. Further, having a selection of texts for independent reading can be a powerful tool to encourage kids to pick up a book. The same report revealed that nine in ten kids agree their favorite books – and the ones they are the most likely to finish – are the ones they pick out themselves.

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  ‘1989’ Becomes Highest Selling International Album in India This Year
 

MUMBAI: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ was the album that ruled the music scene in 2015, hitting the spot for fans across the world! The album has now sold close to a phenomenal 9 million units worldwide! The album has spawned multiple hits including ‘Shake It Off’, ‘Blank Space’, ‘Style’, ‘Bad Blood’ and the lastest single ‘Wildest Dreams’ – the video of which is directed by Joseph Kahn and shot in Africa and California, and is set in the 1950s.

While breaking records the world over, Swift has never failed to impress her legion of fans in India! Swift’s hold on Indian fans has also proven unshakeable as the album goes Triple Platinum in the country, making it the highest selling international album in India in 2015!

To commemorate the artists’ massive success in India, Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO, Universal Music Group South Asia, personally felicitated Taylor Swift with a Triple Platinum plaque in Singapore where the artist was touring as part of her SEA tour.

Speaking on the occasion, Sanyal said, “Taylor is undoubtedly one of the biggest pop stars in the world and she showed us why here in Singapore where she performed to a packed house of screaming fans! While I met her back stage, she expressed has eagerness to come perform for her fans out here and I’ve assured her that her fans will simply love it! She is an incredibly honest artist, one who has built her empire on the back of her fans and it’s evident she really cares.

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  NRJ Awards
 

Taylor won two NRJ Music Awards: Best Female International Artist and Video of The Year for Bad Blood. The awards took place in Cannes, France earlier today and Taylor was not in attendance as she is currently on tour.



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