Taylor Swift's Big, Amazing Year
ROCKIN' IN 2009
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
Taylor, 19, rocks the mic for her first-ever appearance on Saturday Night Live, on Jan. 10 – and even appeared in a skit opposite host Neil Patrick Harris! The country star will return to SNL this Saturday, performing double-duty as host and performer!
ON THE 'SCENE'
From the March issue of Rolling Stone to Teen Vogue, the multiplatinum singer becomes a sought-after cover girl.
A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT
For the second year in a row, Taylor lands on PEOPLE'S Most Beautiful list in May. The young beauty tells PEOPLE, "It's important to be comfortable with who you are and go natural once in a while."
HOLLA BACK, T-SWIZZLE
Talk about an odd couple! Under the hip-hop moniker T-Swizzle, she teams up with Auto-Tune master T-Pain to open the CMT Awards on June 16 with an unforgettable duet. "No I ain't got a gun/No I never really been in a club/Still live wit' my parents/But I'm still a thug!" raps Swift, who went on to take home the award for video of the year for "Love Story."
She might not be "cheer captain," but Taylor still gets her fans on their feet as she performs to a sold-out Madison Square Garden on Aug. 27, during her inaugural headlining tour, Fearless.
Swift gets the surprise of a lifetime on Sept. 9, earning the highly coveted CMA entertainer of the year nomination, which solidifies her place among country's big boys. "Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you" is all she could say when she posted a video of her reaction on online for all her fans to watch.
'EXCUSE ME, TAYLOR ...'
It was the interruption heard 'round the world! Kanye West famously cuts into Swift's acceptance speech after she won best female video at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 13. A true performer, Swift takes back the night with a red-hot performance of "You Belong with Me."
Swift gets digital!" The multi-talented star records "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me" for the Nov. 3 release of the new Band Hero video game.
CMA'S GOLDEN GIRL
After kicking off the Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 11 with a performance of "Forever and Always" – and providing fodder for plenty of jokes thanks to Kanyegate – Swift ends the show with four big wins, including becoming the first woman since 2000 to take the coveted Entertainer of the Year.