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  1. Taylor and Timberlake

    Singer Taylor Swift, left, and Justin Timberlake, right, perform a skit during the Walmart shareholders' meeting in Fayetteville, Ark., on June 1, 2012. Swift has been a star since her early teens, and was described by the New York Times and Rolling Stone as one of music's best songwriters. (April L Brown / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Entertainer of the year

    Swift accepts the Entertainer Of The Year Award onstage at the 47th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awardsin Las Vegas on April 1, 2012. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Honored by the first lady

    Swift accepts The Big Help award from First Lady Michelle Obama onstage at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on March 31, 2012. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Down Under

    Swift performs live in Perth, Australia on March 2, 2012. (Paul Kane / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Loving the Lorax

    Swift arrives at the premiere of 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax' at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, Calif on Feb. 19, 2012. She voices a character named Audrey in the film. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Cover girl

    Swift appears on the cover of the February 2012 issue of Vogue. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Grammy girl

    Swift won Grammys for best country solo performance and best country song, both for "Mean," " at the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February 2012. (Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Smell like Swift

    Swift launches her debut fragrance, "Wonderstruck," at Macy's Herald Square in New York on Oct. 13, 2011. (Evan Agostini / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Opry singer

    Swift takes the stage during the Grand Ole Opry 85th birthday bash at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 9, 2010. (Tony R. Phipps / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. That was 'Easy'

    Swift, right, jons actress Emma Stone, star of the film "Easy A," at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles, on Sept. 13, 2010. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Tap those feet

    Swift performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 12, 2010. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Maine attraction

    Swift greets her fans after performing in Kennebunkport, Maine, on Aug. 27, 2010. The singer filmed her music video for the single "Mine" in the town made famous as a vacation spot for the family of President George H.W. Bush. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. A lot of hardware

    Swift poses in the press room with her four awards during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. In good company

    Katy Perry, left, Swift, Rihanna and Fergie pose during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards -- Salute To Icons Honoring Doug Morris at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. A Swift response

    Swift performs at the "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010. (Mark Davis / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Taking in the big show

    Swift, left, and Sony CEO Howard Stringer speak at the Sony booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. (Paul Sakuma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Thanking her people

    Swift accepts the award for favorite female artist during the People's Choice Awards 2010 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Jan. 6, 2010. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Holiday spirit

    John Mayer performs with Swift during Z100's Jingle Ball 2009 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York on Dec. 11, 2009. On her new album, due out Oct. 25, 2010, Swift addresses a reported romance with Mayer in a song called "Dear John." (Jason Szenes / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Country superstar

    Swift accepts the female vocalist of the year award as presenters Lee Ann Womack, left, and Kris Kristofferson look on at the 43rd annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 11, 2009. (Tami Chappell / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Song remains the same

    For the second year in a row, Swift holds her songwriting award as she attends the 57th Annual BMI Country Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Nov. 10. (Peter Kramer / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Taylor times two

    Swift, left, and Taylor Lautner attend the NHL game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Oct. 25, 2009. (Andrew D. Bernstein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. They're jammin'

    Jason Aldean, from left, Hillary Scott, Swift, Charles Kelly, Faith Hill and Dave Haygood perform at the "We're All For The Hall" benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 13, 2009. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Runway watcher

    Swift, right, and Penn Badgley, who plays Dan on "Gossip Girl," watch the Tommy Hilfiger spring 2010 collection during Fashion Week in New York on Sept. 17, 2009. (Diane Bondareff / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. An infamous moment

    Singer-rapper Kanye West takes the microphone from Swift as she accepts the best female video award during the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Sept. 13, 2009. Later in the show, Swift got her chance to finish her acceptance speech. (Jason Decrow / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Dancing in the streets

    Swift performs on the street outside Radio City Music Hall during the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on Sept. 13, 2009. (Charles Sykes / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. From the heart

    Swift poses in front of her newly unveiled star at Mohegan's "Walk of Fame" in Uncasville, Conn., on Aug. 28, 2009. The teenage singer has snagged at least two Country Music Award nominations, including one for the show's highest honor: entertainer of the year. (Thomas Cain / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Rockin' out

    Swift performs during a concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on Aug. 27, 2009, as part of her "Fearless" tour, her first as a headliner. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Mixing country and rock 'n roll

    Swift and Joe Elliott of Def Leppard perform at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on June 16, 2009. (Mark Humphrey / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Hitting the keys

    Swift performs at the CMA Music Festival at in Nashville, Tenn., on June 14, 2009. (Josh Anderson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Wearing many hats

    T-Pain, left, and Swift rehearse for the 2009 CMT Music Awards at the Sommet Center on June 9 in Nashville, Tenn. (Austin K. Swift / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Teen star power

    Actress-singer Miley Cyrus, left, and Swift arrive at the premiere of Walt Disney Picture's "Hannah Montana: The Movie" at at the El Captian Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on April 2, 2009. (Jeff Vespa / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. The love is gone

    Swift and then-boyfriend Joe Jonas at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles on Sept. 7, 2008. Jonas reportedly broke up with her over the phone. (Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Gripping image

    Swift, left, and Kellie Pickler pose backstage during the Academy Of Country Music New Artists' Show at the MGM Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas on May 14, 2007. (Michael Buckner / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. A star is born

    Swift accepts the award for "Breakthrough Video of the Year" for the song "Tim McGraw" onstage at the 2007 CMT Music Awards at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., on April 16, 2007. (Peter Kramer / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Playing the field

    Swift sings the National Anthem before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies on opening day at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on April 9, 2007. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 12/28/2009 9:22:57 PM ET 2009-12-29T02:22:57

It's a love story, baby.

Taylor Swift sang those words about a young romance, but they apply just as well to America's feelings for the 20-year-old country singer. Swift, adding to the heap of awards already bestowed on her, has been voted The Associated Press entertainer of the year.

Swift was chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country in a survey of AP members. She follows last year's winner, Tina Fey, and 2007's pick, Stephen Colbert.

"I am so honored and so excited," Swift said in an interview by phone with the AP. "This was so unexpected, and I could not be more grateful."

Though her second album, "Fearless," came out in late 2008, Swift was ubiquitous in 2009.

She found critical acclaim for her autobiographical and infectious songwriting, exemplified in tunes such as "Love Story" and "White Horse." She led a sold-out tour across 52 cities in North America.

She won album of the year from the Country Music Awards and the Country Music Association Awards. She hosted "Saturday Night Live" and performed at the Grammys. She won five American Music Awards, including artist of the year.

At one point, she had eight songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Slideshow: The decade in entertainment Swift said that several nights of her year were "golden and shiny and I'll remember forever." Hosting "SNL" was one of those.

"That entire week was life-changing, honestly," said Swift. "It makes you feel so thankful to be a part of the music industry, but more than that, to me, 'SNL' is show business."

Another live show, the MTV Video Music Awards, was more of a mixed blessing for Swift. She was accepting the award for best female video (the first VMA to be given to a country act) when Kanye West stormed the stage and interrupted her speech. West's stunt set off a media storm that perhaps said as much about Swift's popularity (fans and musicians alike came to her defense) than it did about West's.

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Among those who voted for Swift for entertainer of the year was Danielle L. Kiracofe, entertainment editor for the Stars and Stripes, the military newspaper.

"In a time of 'made' musicians, she writes her own songs and has her own sparkly style," said Kiracofe. "She's managed to do all of this with grace, class and poise — and without uttering a swear word, dancing on a pole or wearing next to nothing. At the age of 20."

Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings Ellis Widner, style editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, applauded Swift for superseding generational boundaries.

"She defines crossover appeal and would seem to be a strong business model in a declining music business," Widner said. "And to her fans, she's the real deal. On MySpace and in her songs, she wrote what she felt and sang about her experiences."

At year's end, Swift's life is in flux. She'll soon move out from home with her family, making this Christmas an emotional one for her.

She may well have more trophies to haul in, too: In January, she'll be attending the Grammys, where she's nominated for eight awards. She's already begun to look beyond 2009.

"The second that I put out `Fearless,' the moment that album came out and I was done with it, I started writing for my next album," said Swift. "I love to plan 20 steps ahead of myself, and it's really fun competition game that I play with myself, trying to top what I've done last. For this next record, that's all that I've been thinking about, that's all that my mind has been fixated on for the last year, and it's all that I'm going to be thinking about for this next year."

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