Country music has a habit of making stars at an early age. Pennsylvanian singer-songwriter Taylor Swift was thrust into the limelight at the age of 16 when she released her debut album on the influential independent label Big Machine Records. The fact that the album was largely self-written attracted plenty of plaudits from critics enamoured of the photogenic, sweet voiced young singer. The 2008 follow-up may have been heavy on the pop at the expense of anything that might be considered traditional country, but it was a remarkably assured and crafted album that established Swift at the head of the field. The album became one of the year’s most successful and bestselling releases in any genre, completing Swift’s remarkable rise to the top. At the 2009 MTV Awards, Swift won the Best Female Video Award for her song You Belong To Me but was interrupted during her acceptance speech by Kanye West who took the microphone off her and told the audience that he felt Beyonce should have won. Beyonce later won the award for Best Video Of The Year and invited Swift back onto the stage so she could finish her acceptance speech.
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