Taylor Swift: 8x Billboard Winner, & The Role Model Music’s Been Waiting For

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Over the weekend, country music pop sensation Taylor Swift was the night’s biggest winner, scooping up 8 out of her whopping 11 nominations for her album ‘Red’.

It seems the industry and her fans are enamored with the songstress and for good reason, she is a wholesome, healthy, talented young girl who stays true to herself.

Two of her awards included Top Artist and top Billboard 200 album for “Red.” She told the crowd: “You are the longest and best relationship I ever had.” That is a nod in reference to her many relationships she has had with the likes of Taylor Lautner, John Mayer, One Direction’s Harry Styles, Connor Kennedy and Jake Gyllenhaal. While it is easy for the press to criticize her ‘many’ men, we also need to take a step back and realize she is still a young girl figuring her way in life, navigating relationships and emotions while balancing a superstar career. Not an easy thing to do!

Yet, we don’t see her stumbling out of Hollywood night clubs, accidentally dropping a baggy filled with cocaine, drinking excessively, driving like a maniac or causing trouble in general. She doesn’t get into celebrity feuds or twitter battles. In fact, the most ‘controversial’ we have seen is when Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the 2009 VMA’s.

So why does the public love her so much? It is because she is real. Her lyrics are real, and she is not afraid to bear her soul in a song. While not all of use are gifted songwriters, it is a good note of encouragement to young girls everywhere to express your feelings.

“My favorite thing in life is writing about life, specifically the parts of life concerning love. Because, as far as I’m concerned, love is absolutely everything,” 23 year-old Swift says on her website.

“I don’t really think you can ever stop making new friends or learning about as many new things as possible. I also don’t think you should ever take life so seriously that you forget to play.” If her songs are a reflection of what she believes in and what she is trying to project, this is a good thing. As an artist it is important to encourage fans int he direction you are going in, and we think she is doing this is a very positive way.

She is a young female pioneer in her own right also. In an industry that is so saturated with different types of genres, artists, albums, downloads etc, it takes a lot to become some sort of a record breaker, but Taylor has done that. Her 4th studio album ‘Red’ debuted at No.1 on the charts, and it was also the biggest sales week for a debut album in 10 years. She is the only female artist to release 4 number one albums in a row, with each one selling more than 5 million copies each. These are the type of numbers only matched by the likes of The Beatles and Michael Jackson, over a long period of time. Yet Swift has done this in a matter of 5 years.

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Taylor has grown up before the public’s eyes, and so has her music. In a way, we believe so many of her young fans relate to her because she is in essence writing about them too. There is plenty of online hate and distaste for her, calling her a bad role model because of all the guys she dates. Give her a break. She is learning, just like the rest of us. She is, for the most part, encouraging girls to live a healthy, well-rounded life and stay true to your passions. What teenage, pre-20s girl doesn’t change her crushes like her underwear? We have all been there.

At GTHQ we believe it is important to promote real role models, not hold up false ideals that no one can ever live up to. She doesn’t dress slutty, she hasn’t been caught with drugs, and most of the accolades regarding Taylor Swift are always about her music. That should say something, that no matter what the press says and how people speak negatively of her, she is focused on her music and works hard at it.

Being a mirror image for half of the world’s youth population is a big responsibility to bear, but I know that if you have daughters, you would pick Taylor Swift over the Britneys, Mileys, Ke$has, Selena’s any day. We predict Taylor Swift to have an amazing long-lasting career, similar to those of Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and Dolly Parton. Sure they are mostly country names, but you can see Taylor’s genre easily.

If celebrity role models have a public responsibility to set good examples for their fans, then we as their audiences should be willing to look past any faults or mistakes and focus on the good work they are doing.

Do you think Taylor Swift deserved to win as many as 8 Billboard awards? Or do you think differently about her music?

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