14 Times Taylor Swift Proved How Powerful She Is in 2015
By John Boone
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Happy birthday to our supreme overlord, and the one true Supreme!
Taylor Swift turns 26 today and, though the singer has previously said this birthday will be "a quiet one," she could literally do anything she wanted to celebrate. Because, if we learned anything this year, it's that Taylor Swift has power -- the kind of power that cannot go unchecked.
Here are 14 times we remembered how powerful Taylor was in 2015:
1. When she single-handedly got Apple to change their subscription policy.
Taylor took issue with Apple Music's three-month free trial -- during which time Apple would not pay artists to stream their music -- and refused to make 1989 available on it. "We don't ask you for free iPhones," she wrote in a letter to the company. Apple quickly fixed the issue.
2. When she earned an ACM Milestone Award... at the age of 25.
Despite making the switch to pop music, Taylor earned a Milestone Award at the Academy of Country Music Awards this year alongside legends like Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Reba McEntire. The Academy said "country music would not be the same" without her "incredible achievements."
3. When she got everyone in Hollywood to appear in "Bad Blood."
We understand how Taylor got her #squad -- including Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham and basically the entire Victoria's Secret roster -- to cameo in the video, but Jessica Alba? Mariska Hargitay? CINDY CRAWFORD?
4. And when "Bad Blood"broke the Vevo 24-hour viewing record.
Swift racked up 20.1 million views in just one day. One. Day. (Adele later broke that record with "Hello," but if we learned anything else this year, it's that no one can compete with the other queen supreme, Adele.)
Related: Taylor could probably get a Friends reunion to happen if she wanted to. Even though the cast and creators have said it will never happen. Taylor could do it. LISA KUDROW SANG "SMELLY CAT" LIVE.
8. When she posted five of the 10 most-liked Instagrams of 2015.
Kendall Jenner may have had the most-liked Instagram of the year, but Taylor had No. 2, 3, 4, 7 and 9. Meanwhile, the rest of us are just hoping to get that eleventh like.
9. When two grown-ass famous men fought over her on Twitter.
Zayn Malik, formerly of One Direction, retweeted shade directed at Taylor over her Apple Music boycott (see: No. 1), prompting her boyfriend, Calvin Harris, to lash out. Eventually, the DJ tried to end things amicably, but Zayn just called him a "d**khead."
10. When she became half of Forbes' highest paid celebrity couple.
Taylor and Calvin dethroned Beyoncé and Jay Z -- BEYONCÉ! AND JAY Z! -- for the top spot on Forbes' annual Celebrity 100 list. "Tayvin" supposedly earned a combined $146 million. Money is power.
Like the $42 million copyright suit over "Shake It Off" lyrics about haters hating, that a United States District Court judge dismissed by saying, "Upon consideration of the Court's explanation in Part II, [the Complainant] may discover that mere pleading Band-Aids will not fix the bullet holes in his case."
14. Oh, and when she won an Emmy.
She doesn't even act in any TV shows, mini-series, and/or made for TV movies! (If you'te not counting that guest spot on New Girl or that time we saw her "act" with the other Taylor, ex-boyfriend and Twilight hottie Taylor Lautner.) She won for Original Interactive Program but, more importantly, she's halfway to EGOT-ing. (That is: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.)