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Taylor Swift Named Billboard‘s Woman of the Year

Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.

Taylor Swift has been named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. At 21, Taylor is the youngest artist in history to receive the honor. She will be presented with the award during the 2011 Billboard Women in Music event on December 2 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,” Bill Werde, Billboard‘s Editorial Director, said. “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.”

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Billboard‘s annual Women in Music Event celebrates the most powerful and talented women in the music business and coincides with the publication of their Women in Music Power Players list. Last year’s Woman of the Year honor went to Fergie. Reba is also a past recipient.

In other Taylor new, she is nominated for six CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. She is also nominated for three American Music Awards, including the all-genre Artist of the Year alongside Katy Perry, Adele, Lil Wayne and Lady Gaga.

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