Taylor Swift Named Tennessean of the Year 2013

Posted Monday December 30, 2013 11:20 PM GMT

Moving to the state to pursue a music career at 14, Taylor Swift has certainly impressed Tennesseans thus far.

On Saturday (December 28), local publication The Tennessean named the country crooner the 2013 Tennessean of the Year.

Gushing about the 24-year-old star, the paper says she's "become a worldwide ambassador for Tennessee's capital city, an example to millions of young (and not-so-young) people of how to turn damaged feelings into healing creativity, and a financial booster to some of the city's most important institutions."

Giving back to her adopted hometown, Ms. Swift gave $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum to open the Taylor Swift Education Center. Earlier this month, she made a $100,000 donation to the Nashville Symphony.

Speaking about the honor, Taylor said that the city "shaped me into who I am," continuing, "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."

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