Taylor Swift has taken her music all over the world in the past few years, but it's her devotion to her hometown of Nashville that earned her 2013's Tennessean of the Year honor from Music City newspaper The Tennessean .
On top of donating $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony on her 24th birthday earlier this month, Taylor also opened the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in October. The facility includes three classrooms and a learning lab. An interactive exhibit gallery is slated to open in 2014 as well.
With her concerts selling out stadiums and arenas in Australia, Europe and Asia, Taylor has come to represent Music City to the world at large. Her global influence was apparent when Nashville mayor Karl Dean visited China in December and met a woman who only knew of the city thanks to Taylor.
Taylor maintains residences in Rhode Island and Los Angeles, but no other city inspires her creativity like Nashville.
She says, "I would not be the same kind of person without Nashville. It has shaped me into who I am. I think everybody feels that. We don’t have an ocean, or mountains: People come here because of the feeling they get. It pulls you in and turns you into who you’re going to be.”
Taylor will represent Nashville at the Grammy Awards next month. Her latest project, Red , is up for Album of the Year. The Grammy Awards air January 26, 2014, live on CBS.
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