Taylor Swift Crowned Tennessean of the Year
Taylor Swift has been given another big honor before 2013 comes to a close -- the star has been Tennessean of the Year!
Crowned by the Tennessean, Swift truly is in a league all her own. She may not be a native Tennessean, but she's called the state home for a decade now. At the age of 16, Swift started in the music business and has yet to look back! The Nashville newspaper even claims that Swift has made “the most graceful transition from teen stardom to adult music career since Brenda Lee.”
But none of these are the reasons why she won the Tennessean of the Year honor. Instead, it's because Swift continues to carry the Nashville name in pride worldwide and is an ambassador for Tennessee's capital city.
This year, Swift opened the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame -- with a $4 million donation from the singer herself. She also wrote a big check to the Nashville Symphony for $100,000, since the organization has suffered financially in 2013.
“For her to believe in us, the hometown institutions, and to be focused on Nashville speaks volumes,” Kyle Young, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, says of Swift (quote via GAC). “How often do you think she’s approached to do things, all over the world? So it means so much for her to believe in us and think that investments here would help the city she clearly cares so much about.”
It's no surprise that while touring the globe and traveling internationally, Swift brings the name of Nashville along with her. She also strives to be a positive role model for young women everywhere. These are the reasons why she's been given the crown of Tennessean of the Year.