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The Year in Country 2013 -- Taylor Swift Continues Her RED World Domination

Image courtesy of Photo Credit: Ash Newell (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Photo Credit: Ash Newell (via ABC News Radio)

Taylor Swift continued to paint the world RED in 2013, selling out every stop on the North American leg of her RED tour to the tune of $90 million in gross ticket sales. In November, Taylor took her show to New Zealand and Australia, becoming the first female act to headline stadiums Down Under since Madonna did it in 1993. In-between those tour legs, Taylor managed to squeeze in an acting role in the upcoming movie The Giver , opposite Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. She also guest-starred on FOX's New Girl in May, playing a wedding guest who runs off with the groom.

The success of the Red album earned Taylor her third Artist of the Year trophy at the American Music Awards in 2013, making her the only person to pull off that many wins in that category. Red also picked up a few Grammy nominations, including yet another Album of the Year nod for Taylor.  

While Taylor continued to dominate pop radio this year, she also kept a strong foothold in the country format with "Highway Don't Care," her collaboration with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban . That #1 country hit earned Taylor even more CMA Awards, including Musical Event of the Year and Video of the Year. Taylor was given the CMA's Pinnacle Award for outstanding career achievement at the CMAs, too. In October, she opened the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The facility was made possible by Taylor's $4 million donation to the Hall of Fame.  In honor of her 24th birthday in December, Taylor donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony.

After performing "Livin' on a Prayer" with Jon Bon Jovi and Prince William at a fundraiser at Kensington Palace in London in November, the following month Taylor received her second-consecutive Golden Globe nomination in the Best Original Song category, for "Sweeter than Fiction."  She co-wrote the song with .fun member Jack Antonoff for the film One Chance,  based on the real-life story of Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts. The song is also one of 75 eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award come January.

Taylor's follow-up to Red is already in progress.  It's thought that she'll release the disc in 2014.

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