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The Evolution of Taylor Swift From Country Star to Pop Icon

At 14 years old, Taylor was offered a record deal. The aspiring country singer signed with Big Machine Records in 2004.

In 2006, the singer released her self-titled debut album, Taylor Swift. It featured "Tim McGraw," which was her first top 40 hit.

With curly blonde hair, tricked out cowboy boots, and a collection of acoustic guitars, Taylor was a country star who was easy to love. The singer quickly became the genre's hottest up-and-coming artist.

In the span of one year, Taylor managed to make a huge name for herself in country music. The 18-year-old accepted the award for Breakthrough Video of the Year for "Tim McGraw" at the 2007 CMT Music Awards.

In 2008, Taylor released her second studio album to an eager audience. Fearless was even more successful than her first, and was her first No. 1 album.

Taylor looked like a princess in a purple strapless corset ballgown at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. Her nomination for "Best New Artist" made the night even more special.

If this isn't a sign that you've made it, we don't know what is. The country music star wore a sleeveless gold sequin to the annual Met Gala in 2008.

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