The Canadian music legend was in Toronto this week for the annual Bliss Ball, where she praised the young songstress' decision to branch out from her country roots.
"I think that everybody should just follow their heart and do their artistic best, and just enjoy their creativity," Shania told ET Canada on the red carpet, adding: "[Taylor]'s a singer-songwriter-performer, she has it all, and I think that the world is her oyster! She's young and she needs to just do whatever she's having fun at – and I think everybody's loving it."
Shania's not wrong. Taylor's danceable hit single, "Shake It Off," peaked at number 1 on the Billboard charts and was the most-downloaded song on iTunes this year, selling 550,000 downloads in its first week.
The 49-year-old singer has similarly toed the line of country-pop music to great success, and recently revealed she's in the early stages of recording a new album after a 10-year hiatus.
In the meantime, Shania is keeping extra busy by giving back. The annual charity Bliss Ball helps Dilawri Foundation, which raises funds to support children's hospitals and families in need — a cause that the Timmins-Ont. native says is dear to her heart.
Shania and her husband, Frédéric Thiébaud. Photos: © Getty
"When I was a kid, I was underprivileged and faced a lot of challenges," she said. "I always promised myself that someday, if I made it, I would come back and give back to kids like myself."
In July, Shania launched her own charitable organization, Shania Kids Can (SKC), which will offer aid to children who struggle in poor families that may not require social services to intervene.
Teaming up with the Dilwari Foundation, the singer visited a school in Brampton, Ontario earlier this week, where she opened a "clubhouse" that will provide struggling students with nutritional programs, therapists and councillors.