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Taylor Swift Crowned 2011 Billboard Woman of the Year

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Taylor Swift is everywhere, from radio to television — and even the local department store, as her new Wonderstruck perfume is on shelves now — so it’s no surprise to anyone when she pockets a new award or a new No. 1 single. But Billboard is going one step further and honoring the 21-year-old artist with the prestigious 2011 Woman of the Year title, making her the youngest musician ever to receive the nod.

The ‘Mean’ singer walked away with several awards at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, including the big one for Top Country Album. On December 2, Billboard will reward her once again by handing off the Woman of the Year Award at the 2011 Billboard Women in Music event in New York City.

“Taylor has shown the power of good songwriting with music that has transcended genres, and we’re thrilled to recognize all of her successes over the past year by honoring her with the Billboard Woman of the Year Award,” Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde comments.

But it’s not just her musical prowess that has earned Swift this special award. Werde adds, “At the young age of 21, Taylor has already made a major impact on music and has been an incredible role model for aspiring singers-songwriters and young women everywhere. I look forward to watching her career continue to flourish in the years to come.”

He’s not alone; we can’t wait to see where the industry takes the budding Swift, either. Though she’s just old enough to drink, at 16, the humble and modest performer was changing the face of music with her debut single about a fellow star, ‘Tim McGraw.’ As of this past Spring, Swift marked a whopping 20 million albums sold over the span of her short but sweet career. On top of that, she’s used her success for good, making over $1 million in charitable donations in the past year alone.

Swift joins fellow ladies Fergie and Beyonce, who were honored as Women of the Year in 2010 and 2009 respectively.

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