Taylor Swift had an amazing 2011. Based on U.S. income from album sales, touring, and publishing royalties, Swift raked in a cool $35 millionÂ—more than any other recording artist in the past year.
The banner year for Swift included Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance, as well as voicing a character in the blockbuster film, The Lorax. She is currently on tour down under in Australia, as the millions continue to accumulate.
The sky is certainly the limit for Swift, who is only 22, as she shoots to become perhaps the most popular country crossover artist of all-time. Perhaps even more impressive is the respectable way in which Swift has achieved her overwhelming popularityÂ—not through a celebrity sex tape or controversy concerning her relationships or hard partying lifestyle, but through a pristine public image that places the music over the lifestyle.
Look for future film roles for the aesthetically exquisite Taylor Swift, as well as further worldwide touring, as the former American Idol participant continues to perfect her crafts. Let Taylor be a lesson to you, young ladies, looking to hit it big in the music and entertainment industries: one does not have to be a Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, or Kim Kardashian-type in order to make it big in today's music industry. Here's to an amazing 2012, Taylor! 2011 will be tough to top, but one can't help but know you're just getting started.