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Taylor Swift Named Tennessean of the Year 2013

taylor-swiftOn Saturday (December 28), local publication The Tennessean named the .

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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