Say what you want about her many (alleged) boyfriends, her lyrics, Kanye West’s interruption, her style, and her “oh-my-gosh-I-can’t-believe-I-just-won” award show face, but the fact of the matter is that Taylor Swift is a force of nature. At only 23, she’s racked up enough awards and platinum albums that she probably had to reinforce her walls to hold them all. Swift’s first job was on a Christmas tree farm, knocking praying mantis pods out of the seasonal trees. Music certainly sounds like a step up, don’t you think? Swift released her first single, an ode to country superstar Tim McGraw, in 2006 on Big Machine Records, and it quickly became a Top 10 country hit (and why wouldn’t it? Who doesn’t love Tim McGraw? Just ask Faith Hill). More popular songs from her debut album followed, including “Teardrops On My Guitar”, “Picture To Burn”, and “Should’ve Said No”, cementing Swift’s status as a chart-topper.
Swift released Fearless in 2008—the highest-selling country album that year—and was also nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy. Speak Now came in 2010, Red in 2012, and of course, controversy. Swift has been publicly judged for her dating life, mostly because she has admitted to writing songs about her ex-boyfriends. Well, the joke may be on the public, because she is laughing—and dating—all the way to the bank—she’s worth a reported $165 million dollars, having sold 26 million albums and 75 million digital downloads.