Taylor Swift Is The Woman Of The Year

Taylor Swift. photo credit: Big Machine Records

Billboard magazine has just named it’s Woman Of The Year for 2011, and it’s none other than Taylor Swift. Taylor accepted the award today in New York City at Billboard’s Women of the Year event at Capitale. Taylor, only 21 years old, is the youngest woman to ever receive the honor from the magazine. The annual award celebrates the achievements of a female artist who raised the bar that year, and it aims to acknowledge her overall success and leadership in the music industry.

On the role models who she feels has influenced her career the most, Taylor had to say:

“I have a lot of role models. Faith Hill is a big role model. Reese Witherspoon is a role model of mine-she’s not in music, but I love everything she stands for. Shawn Colvin is a huge model for me. Her writing has been consistently great and thoughtful and wistful and beautiful. And also-[he's] not a girl-but Kris Kristofferson has been a big role model for me. When I look at people who I feel have really lived their lives and recorded their lives in music so beautifully, those are my role models. They’ve all taught me lessons just by example.”

Taylor just finished up her “Speak Now World Tour,” but she has already started announcing tour dates for next year. One of the North American dates will be at Ottawa, Canada’s “Capital Hoedown Country Music Festival,” where she will headline. Tickets for the Capital Hoedown are already on sale.

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