Twenty-Swifteen: The Year According To Taylor Swift
Taylor is life.
We're all in agreement, right? 2015 was really all about one person - Taylor Swift.
Between releasing even more bangers from 1989, winning countless awards and giving us all the goals (squad, hair, relationship, cat etc.), Taylor's also been doing good all over the place, like some tall, blonde fairy godmother with a guitar. Take a look back at her year with us.
Our girl T had a wobbly start to the year when her Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked, and her 20 million followers were treated to a pic of a random man on the loo. Nice. The hackers then announced that they’d share nude pics of the singer in exchange for Bitcoins.
Was Taylor bothered? She most certainly was not, cheerily tweeting “Cause the hackers gonna hack, hack, hack, hack, hack…”, and in the end all they managed to leak were some frankly adorable DMs between her and her superstar buddies. Nice try, guys.
After promising to donate the proceeds from ‘Welcome To New York’ to New York public schools, February saw Taylor making her first donation of a whopping $50,000, with a promise of even more to come.
She was also crowned Woman of the Year at the Elle Style Awards and Best International Female Solo Artist at the BRIT Awards. No big deal guys, just a regular month.
Back in March, actress Jaime King announced that she’d asked her buddy Taylor to be the godmother for her second baby, due in July, and her reasons for choosing T-Swiz are just so lovely.
"I always knew she was going to be the godmother if I had another baby," Jaime told the press. “We try and choose people who we know would raise our child the way that we would raise our child and her thoughtfulness, her kindness, her authenticity...is so powerful to me”.
How many times can we say squad goals in this list? SQUAD. GOALS. In April, Taylor took on the task of throwing her long-time BFF Abigail a perfect 25th birthday party. The guest list included Hayley Williams, Lily Aldridge and boys of Kings of Leon, and there was a special guest appearance from Dashboard Confessional singer Chris Carrabba, Abigail’s favourite singer. Like, ever. Seriously, she might be the best bestie ever.
After weeks of anticipation and cryptic Instagram posts, Taylor finally released the long-awaited video for her single Bad Blood. She surprised everyone with a badass new remix featuring Kendrick Lamar, and introduced us all to the greatest gang of female assassins we’ve ever seen.
If by some miracle you haven’t seen it, FIX THAT NOW. Not gonna lie, we still get chills when we watch it.
Fans were gutted not to find 1989 on any music streaming platforms (Spotify feels empty without it), so in June Taylor decided to justify her decisions in a letter on her Tumblr called “To Apple, Love Taylor”. She explained that Apple’s free 3 month trial meant that writers, artists and producers weren’t being rewarded for their work: “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”
Not long after, Apple’s SVP said that they’d ensure artists were paid, tweeting simply, “We hear you”.
When 11-year-old Swiftie Naomi Oakes was diagnosed with acute leukemia earlier this year, she chose Taylor’s ‘Bad Blood’ as her fight song. Her family created a YouTube vid of her dancing to the tune and explaining her condition, hoping Taylor might see the vid, and maybe even share it on Twitter.
What Taylor ACTUALLY did was donate $50,000 to help cover medical bills. “Let's focus on getting you feeling better. I'm sending the biggest hugs to you and your family," Tay wrote. What an amazing gesture.
It might have been the year of ‘Bad Blood’, but it was definitely also the year of fixing feuds. It’s been 6 years since Kanye stormed the stage at the VMA’s, shouting “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, BUT…”, and it looks as if the two musicians have finally sorted their beef.
In August, Taylor presented Kanye with the prestigious Video Vanguard Award, and in return he sent her some stunning flowers (possibly nicked from Kim’s flower wall, we’re not sure). Collab?
Ahead of her stop in Indianapolis on the 1989 tour, patients and staff at Riley Hospital launched a Twitter campaign, asking for Taylor to come visit them.
Unfortunately, she couldn’t make it to the hospital, but she made sure they knew she was thinking of them all as she sent them a bumper care package of t-shirts and handwritten cards. "Hey guys! I'm sending you all my love and some gifts. I hope you like them! Your friend, Taylor," she wrote.
October saw Tay-Tay break yet another record – she overtook Kim Kardashian to become the most followed person on Instagram.
Soz Kim, you might be the queen of the selfie, but sometimes you just can’t compete with cute cats, fit Scottish DJ boyfriends and a gang of ridiculously cool girlfriends.
For super-Swift-fan Jorja Hope, a hearing loss diagnosis meant one thing – being unable to listen to her musical heroine anymore.
Worried that she didn’t have long before her hearing was totally gone, the 12-year-old and her twin sister Chloe started a campaign called #HelpJorjaMeetTaylorSwiftSydney, and soon a meet-and-greet had been organised. Jorja told the press afterwards, "She was very, very amazing and very pretty...It was very, very fun, we danced all night."
December 13th is Taylor's 26th birthday, and after the year she's had we reckon she's owed the biggest, best party the world has ever seen. Taylor - you are one of our 2015 superheroes, and we can't wait to see what 2016 brings.
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