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Taylor Swift has added to her mantel of awards and honors as she has been named Tennessean of the Year by Nashville’s daily newspaper,The Tennessean. In a front-page article in the paper’s Sunday (Dec. 29) edition, the editors noted Taylor’s generosity to the city and her positive role-model image as the main reasons for her selection.
Most of Taylor’s charitable efforts are designed for the betterment of Nashville and its music and arts community, the article detailed. During October, the Taylor Swift Education Center opened at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Taylor donated a gift of $4 million for the center, which includes a learning lab, interactive exhibit gallery and other features.
On Dec. 13, Taylor’s 24th birthday, the acclaimed star donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony, which has undergone some financial difficulties during the past year.
“I would not be the same kind of person without Nashville,” Taylor told The Tennessean. “It has shaped me into who I am.”
Dolly Parton and husband-and-wife Vince Gill and Amy Grant have also been honored with the Tennessean of the Year designation in recent years.