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How pop superstar TAYLOR SWIFT conquered the music world


BRIT Awards

Saturday, 8.30pm, ITV1

THERE’S NO BIGGER pop star in the world right now than Taylor Swift.

From releasing her debut album aged just 16, the Pennsylvan­ia-born singer has wowed fans around the globe with mega-hits including Shake It Off and Anti-hero. Last year, she was Spotify’s most-streamed artist – racking up more than 26 billion streams – and was even named Person of the Year by US magazine Time.

So, it’s hardly a surprise that the 34-year-old superstar is up for a

BRIT Award this week at the live ceremony, hosted by Maya Jama, Roman Kemp and Clara Amfo from London’s O2.


Fresh from making history at this year’s Grammys – becoming the first act to win Album of the Year four times – Swift is now in line to win Internatio­nal Artist of the Year, having previously won a Global Icon Award at the BRITS in 2021.

This time, she’s up against the likes of Lana Del Rey and the evergreen Kylie Minogue, who will receive this year’s Global Icon gong. Minogue will also be performing on Saturday, as will singer-songwriter Raye, who’s received seven nomination­s, including Artist of the Year.

Sadly, Swift won’t be on stage, although her British fans will get the chance to see her perform live this summer when she brings her record-breaking Eras tour to stadiums across the UK.

Swift earned more than $1billion from Eras shows last year, making it the highest-grossing concert tour in history, and tickets for the UK leg sold out instantly.

Meanwhile, her romance with American football star Travis Kelce has hit the headlines, too, not least when she turned up to watch his Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl in Las Vegas on 11 February.

‘This is the proudest and happiest I’ve ever felt, and the most creatively fulfilled and free I’ve ever been,’ says Swift, who promises that her fans – known as Swifties – won’t be disappoint­ed when she arrives here in June. ‘I know I’m going on that stage whether I’m sick, injured, heartbroke­n, uncomforta­ble, or stressed. That’s part of my identity as a human being. Nothing in life is permanent, so I’m very grateful to be doing this.’


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