The release of Swift's self-titled debut album established the then 16 year-old as a country music star. Her third single, "Our Song," made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number one song on the Hot Country Songs chart. She received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
Swift's second album, Fearless, was released in 2008. Buoyed by the pop crossover successes of the singles "Love Story" and "You Belong to Me", Fearless became the best-selling album of 2009 in the US. The album won four Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the youngest ever Album of the Year winner. Swift's third album, 2010's Speak Now, sold over one million copies in its first week of US release. The album's third single, "Mean", won two Grammy Awards. In 2012, Swift released her fourth album, Red. Its opening US sales of 1.2 million were the highest record in a decade, with Swift becoming the only female artist to have two million-plus opening weeks. The singles "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" were worldwide hits.
Swift is known for narrative songs about her personal experiences. As a songwriter, she has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Swift's other achievements include seven Grammy Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards, eleven Country Music Association Awards and seven Academy of Country Music Awards. To date, she has sold over 26 million albums and 75 million digital downloads.
Swift made her acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a rebellious teenager. Later that year, Swift both hosted and performed as the musical guest for an episode of Saturday Night Live. In 2013, she had a brief cameo on the sitcom New Girl.
Swift made her feature film acting debut in the 2010 ensemble comedy Valentine's Day where she not only worked opposite future husband Taylor Lautner but along side such actresses as Anne Hathaway, Emma Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Julia Roberts, and Queen Latifah. In 2012, she voiced the character Audrey in the animated film The Lorax. In 2014, she will co-star in the film adaptation of The Giver along side Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.
Swift's dated singer Joe Jonas from July to October 2008. Swift first met her now husband Taylor Lautner while filming Valentine's Day in 2009 and dated from October to December 2009. She was romantically linked to musician John Mayer and actor Jake Gyllenhaal at various times throughout 2010.
In the fall of 2010, Swift and Lautner renewed their relationship and continued dating throughout 2011. On 14 February 2012, the two announced their engagement. In October 2012, the couple married in a small ceremony near Nashville, Tennessee.
The couple split time residing in Swift's three-story penthouse in mid-town Nashville and one of Launter's two Valencia, California properties (the other is occupied his parents and younger sister). When he is not working Launter does travel with Swift while she is on tour, Swift has traveled to be with Launter on set while he is working. The couple use each other's middle name, Alison and Daniel, in both private and public.
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Since her debut at 16, Swift has never been out of the pop culture spotlight. Her first tour in which she opened for country music superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, an idol of Swift's, was noteworthy for the growing numbers of Swift fans that Nashville gossip columnist said brought resentment from the headlines but has been denied by all sides. While she was dating Joe Jonas, Swift became friends with various young actresses and singers including Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, and Demi Lovato. It was rumored that Lovato and Swift had a rift over dating Joe Jonas, however neither has never said anything negative to another either in public or on social media over the years.
When Swift was first romantically involved with Launter, the couple was dubbed "Taylor Squared" by the gossip columnist and bloggers. After the end of all her relationships and the debuts of her successive albums, the press has speculated which songs represented Swift's relationship with which former boyfriend. Swift has never responded any of the rumors except for confirming her single "Back to December" was about the 2009 split with Lautner due to intense pressure from the press, after the two announced their engagement in February 2012.
Swift's October 2012 marriage brought about almost a week's worth of gossip that it damaged her friendship with Selena Gomez and angered Lautner's Twilight co-stars for not being invited, noteably Kristen Stewart and Nikki Reed. However, less than two weeks after their marriage the two held big "wedding reception" organized by Gomez in which numerous celebrities attended. Since October 2012, the public and especially Swift's massive fanbase has reacted negatively to any gossip reports critical to Swift which has shifted gossip from Swift to her husband.
Swift weighed 250 pounds when her music career began and was already heavier than most her age. By 2008, Swift's weight had hit 400 pounds and was heavier than her mother. Swift's weight continued to climb slowly over the next few years until she reunited with Lautner in late 2010. By the time of their engagemement Swift's weight had surged past 500 and by the time of her wedding it was estimated she was weighed approximately 580 pounds. Her weight was conjecture until spring 2014 when Swift confirmed that she weighed around 650 pounds.