Taylor Swift is named 'Woman of the Year' by ‘Billboard’

Taylor Swift can shake everything off. The pop star, actress and cat-lover has been named Billboard’s ‘Woman of the Year.’

And what a year it has been! The 24-year-old “Red” singer launched a fresh new pop sound for her upcoming album, 1989, and the first single, “Shake it Off,” takes aim at the artist’s haters.

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The addictive anthem debuted in the top spot on Billboard's chart, the second of Taylor's singles to do so and only the 22nd in Billboard's history.

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Since emerging on the scene in 2006, Taylor has charted 60 singles on the Hot 100 list in less than 10 years - the most for a female artist since she hit the scene and second ever only to Aretha Franklin.

When she isn’t pumping out hit after hit, Taylor can be found developing her acting chops, like she did in 2014’s The Giver.

And when she isn’t working, she’s playing! this year, Taylor got a new kitten, made many high-profile friends (think: supermodel Karlie Kloss and Girls creator Lena Dunham), renovated properties and even evolved her personal style.

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On top of all of that, the “22” singer knows how to treat her fans, whether it's offering money to a couple of birthday celebrants in a park, serenading a six-year-old cancer patient or penning a letter to a bullied fan.

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She is the first artist to receive the honour twice, which is given out to a woman in music who, according to Billboard, “has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success, leadership and innovation over the last twelve months.”

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“As one of the most influential artists of her generation, Taylor Swift has seen incredible success on the Bilboard charts,” commented Janice Min, co-president and chief creative office of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which oversees Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter.

Taylor will receive the honour at the Billboard Women in Music Awards on Dec. 12 in New York City.

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