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Taylor’s stellar year could be divided into two equally mammoth parts. The Grammys came calling in February as Taylor’s “Mean” won both Best Country Song and Best Solo Country Performance. A couple of months later, Taylor rode away with the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year award at the ACM ceremony in Las Vegas.
Taylor’s most awaited event finally came in October with the release of her fourth album, Red. Though it was her first new studio album in two years, her luster had hardly worn off. Red, featuring the lead single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” received rave reviews, and the staggering sales numbers proved that Taylor still packed a punch with fans. The album sold more than 1.2 million copies in its first week of release, marking the highest opening-week sales in a decade. Red was another crossover success, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.
Taylor capped off her year with a pair of awards: the Nashville Songwriters Association International Songwriter/Artist of the Year honor and the American Music Award for Best Female Country Artist.