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Taylor Swift has had an incredible year, to say the least. She has taken home top honors from the CMA and ACM, the American Music Awards and MTV Awards. She has performed to capacity crowds in some of the top venues across the country and has sold millions of records.
Now, Billboard Magazine has named Taylor as its Artist Of The Year for 2009. The recipient of the award is based on song rankings and album sales figures from November 2008 through November 2009. "To say Taylor Swift had a remarkable year would be a comic understatement," wrote Billboard editors in announcing the honor. "She sold more albums than any artist not named Michael Jackson. Her first headlining tour, Fearless 2009, sold out every show within minutes. She became the youngest woman to win the Country Music Assn.'s Entertainer Of The Year award, and she set seemingly every chart record that exists. But most important, she proved herself a graceful, timeless celebrity, handling hosting duties on 'Saturday Night Live' and a rampaging Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards with equal aplomb."