Taylor Swift has been named “Woman of the Year” on Tuesday by Billboard Magazine and will be honored at the 2011 Billboard Women in Music event on Dec. 2 in New York.
At just 21-years-old, Swift becomes the youngest winner of the award she now shares with Beyonce, Fergie, and Reba McEntire as well as several other Billboard Awards most notably for “Top Country Album.”
"Taylor has shown the power of good songwriting with music that has transcended genres, and we're thrilled to recognize all of her successes over the past year by honoring her with the Billboard Woman of the Year Award," says Billboard's Editorial Director, Bill Werde.
"At the young age of 21, Taylor has already made a major impact on music and has been an incredible role model for aspiring singers/songwriters and young women everywhere. I look forward to watching her career continue to flourish in the years to come."
She’s also the youngest person to ever receive a Grammy for “Best Album” winning for her 2010 album Fearless. She has four other Grammy’s under her belt.
Speak Now, her latest album, has sold over 3.6 million copies since last fall making it the most sold album over the last year going five times platinum.
For over a year she has been on the Speak Now World Tour in support of her record-breaking album that sold over a million copies in its first week. Every track on the album was written by Swift and 11 of the songs charted on the Hot 100.
In addition to this, she has seven Top 10 duets, and her self-titled debut from 2006 has the distinction of being the longest running album on Billboard since 2000.
2008’s Fearless went six times platinum selling 20 million albums and having over 40 million song downloads.
Swift takes pride in her own songwriting and has penned many of her big hits including “Love Story,” “You Belong With Me,” and “White Horse,” putting the album Fearless into the longest running No. 1 slot in Billboard history.
She is looking to release a CD/DVD combo pack of her world tour live.
Swift has six nominations for the 2011 CMA Awards with the biggest being “Entertainer of the Year.”