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Taylor Swift, '1989': For The Record
Not only did Taylor Swift's fifth studio album, 1989, establish her as a fully emerged pop powerhouse, her unforgettable Album Of The Year GRAMMY acceptance speech proved she is a force to be reckoned with.
Swift also made history by becoming the first woman to win the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year twice for her solo recordings.
In all, 1989 yielded a total ten GRAMMY nominations (including three nods for the album's first single, "Shake It Off" for the 57th GRAMMY Awards) and three wins for the 58th GRAMMY Awards including Album Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Music Video for "Bad Blood." The album also hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and spent its entire first year in the Top 10, only the fifth album to ever accomplish this feat.
But the significance of 1989 was far greater than its accolades and chart success. The album punctuated Swift's bold transition from endearing country singer/songwriter to pop powerhouse with a resounding exclamation point. Swift not only co-produced and co-executive produced 1989, but also stood up to the pressures of traditionalist music industry executives, judgmental critics and closed-minded fans, among others, ultimately proving herself as one of her generation's strongest artistic and cultural voices and experiencing "the greatest feeling in the world" with her night's big wins.