2012 Grammy Winner:
Best Country Song
Best Country Solo Performance
Entitled Speak Now, the album is released on Big Machine Records and contains 14 tracks, all written solely by Taylor. She co-produced the project with Nathan Chapman, and the first single from the record is "Mine".
"Saying the right thing at the right moment is so crucial that most of us start to hesitate, for fear of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. But lately what I've begun to fear more than that is letting the moment pass without saying anything," Taylor says of the very personal collection that is Speak Now. "These songs are made up of words I didn't say when the moment was right in front of me. These songs are open letters. Each is written with a specific person in mind, telling them what I meant to tell them in person."
Four-time GRAMMY award winner Taylor Swift is the top-selling digital artist in music history, has had singles top both the Country and Pop radio charts, and had the #1 best-selling album in any genre of music in both 2009 and 2008. In 2010, at the age of 20, she became the youngest artist in history, and the first female solo country artist ever, to win the music industry's highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. Also at the 2010 GRAMMYs, she took home the awards for Country Album of the Year, Best Country Song, and Best Country Female Vocal Performance.
In 2009, she was named Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards and also became the youngest artist in the 43-year history of the Country Music Association, and the seventh female act ever, to be awarded country music's top prize when she took home the CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year.
Taylor's sophomore release, Fearless, reached double-platinum in just four weeks and in addition to the Album of the Year GRAMMY, was voted 2009's Album of the Year by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. Fearless also won the 2009 American Music Award for Favorite Country Album, and was 2008's biggest debut for any female artist, and the fourth highest debut of the year, overall.
At the age of 17, Taylor became the youngest person ever to single-handedly write and sing a number-one country single entirely on her own, and Taylor is the first female solo artist in country music history to write or co-write every song on a platinum-selling debut album. When Taylor was just 14, she signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music, and in 2006 released her self-titled debut album on Big Machine Records.
"People like to fixate on Taylor Swift's youth, as if to say, yeah, she's pretty good for her age. But that just begs a question: Where are all the older people who are supposedly making better pop records than Taylor Swift? There aren't any... Swift's third album, Speak Now, is roughly twice as good as 2008's Fearless, which was roughly twice as good as her 2006 debut. These 14 tunes chronicle the hopes and dreams of boy-crazy small-town Everygirls, and Swift wrote them all by herself... Swift might be a clever Nashville pro who knows all the hitmaking tricks, but she's also a high-strung, hyper-romantic gal with a melodramatic streak the size of the Atchafalaya Swamp. So she's in a class by herself when it comes to turning all that romantic turmoil into great songs. At this point, she's like the new Morrissey, except with even more eyeliner." - Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
"The musical range of 'Speak Now' expands beyond country-pop to border both alternative rock and the dirty bubblegum pop... Little spoken asides pepper some songs, signifying hipness; on others, Swift lays claim to several genres worth of signatures, from the lush strings of Céline-style kitsch-pop to Americana banjo to countrypolitan electric guitar. She surveys this wide ground without bluster; she never poses. Conquering new territory, she acts like its simply whats expected of her... she makes memorable music by homing in on the tiny stuff: the half-notes in a hummed phrase, the lyrical images that communicate precisely what its like to feel uncomfortable, or disappointed, or happy... so often does she hit on common experiences that feel unique." - Ann Powers, LA Times
180g Double LP
2. Sparks Fly
3. Back To December
4. Speak Now
5. Dear John
7. The Story of Us
8. Never Grow Up
2. Better Than Revenge
5. Last Kiss
6. Long Live