Taylor Swift Tracked Down a Fan at the GRAMMYs and Brought Her Backstage
By John Boone
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Taylor Swift was a busy girl on GRAMMYs night: She presented two awards. She buried the hatchet with multiple long-time nemeses (Kanye West and Diplo). And she made one fan’s dream of meeting Taylor Swift come true OMG OMG I LOVE YOU TAYLOR I’M YOUR #1 FAN OMG!
How did she even find the time to dance in the crowd? (Because she had to. Even if she did not want to dance, at this point the world is watching to make sure she dances. Taylor Swift, if you don’t want to dance, you give us a signal. We’ll save you.)
Jill Ralke, 20, posted on Tumblr that she would be attending the GRAMMYs and Taylor follows Jill (and has followed her since 10/4/14 -- we know this because Jill’s Tumblr bio says “I love Taylor Swift with all my heart. I love cats. Tay followed 10/4/14”).
“All of a sudden, I see a little notification saying that she replied to me with Seriously!??! and I FREAKED OUT,” Jill explains. “Turns out she replied to me again saying, Where you gonna be? Inside? Red Carpet? I DIED. TAYLOR WANTED TO MEET ME.”
At the GRAMMYs, Jill says she could see Taylor from her seat, including the moment Taylor gave an order to a man with an earpiece. Suddenly, Taylor’s publicist was plucking Jill out of the nosebleed section:
“She had a big smile on her face and told me to come with her. I knew it from then, that it was happening. I could not believe it...Taylor said she wanted to bring me under the stage to her and I was just behind them like, Okay breathe. There was a point where I literally felt like I was going to throw up.”
She did not throw up. But she did see Sam Smith too, so that’s pretty cool:
“We got led underneath the stage and I walked where all the celebs walk... It felt like the walk was forever but the smile on my face was just so huge. At that point, I knew we were close cause there were so many people and I got to go under the tunnel where Taylor said she almost hit her head once cause its so short. And thats where I saw Sam Smith. He was standing there getting his face done, and I went up to him and said, ‘Sam!’ Congratulations canI have a hug? and he said sure! It was pretty amazing. Then [Taylor’s publicist] said, she’s right over here. My heart was pounding so fast and I turned the corner and Taylor sprung up from her seat, and shouted ‘HEY JILL.’ THAT IS WHEN I DIED. It is my goal in life for Taylor to know my name and now she does :’)...I told her how beautiful she looked and she said, ‘GIRL LOOK AT YOUR DRESS.’ She told me I looked great...We took our pictures and after we took the one of her putting her arm around me, she said ‘Let’s take another I look creepy.’ I laughed and said no you dont!!”
“I have never been happier walking away from talking to Taylor,” Jill concludes. “She knows my name, knows things about me and has seen my posts. Taylor, I love you to the moon and back. Thank you for making my night the best night of my life.”
What power Taylor wields! Thankfully, she uses that power for good...for now.
Meanwhile, find out why T.Swift says men always get her in trouble: