In just 10 years, Taylor Swift has conquered the music biz. (And she’s still going!)
The 26-year-old singer-songwriter celebrates the 10th anniversary of her self-titled debut album on Monday, sharing a sweet throwback photo to mark the occasion.
"10 years ago today, my first album came out," she wrote, accompanying a candid shot of her teenage self, wearing a blue hoodie with her signature curls pulled back in a ponytail, strumming away at her guitar. "I couldn't be more grateful today, thinking back on how much fun we've had and how you've encouraged me to change and grow. It's been such an adventure, guys. Thank you for all of it."
Taylor Swift would offer fans their first taste of the future breakup-anthem-queen's wise-beyond-her-years lyrics, featured on the singles "Tim McGraw," "Teardrops on My Guitar," "Picture to Burn" and "Should've Said No." The then-16-year-old also showed off her sweet side with the infectious "Our Song."
The album would top the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for a whopping 24 non-consecutive weeks and earn Swift opening slots on some of country music's biggest tours, including Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Brad Paisley, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Today, the album has achieved 5x multi-platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.
"It's been a whirlwind," Swift told ET in 2007, just ahead of the GRAMMY Awards, where she was nominated for Best New Artist. (The trophy ultimately went to Amy Winehouse.) "My 18th birthday is next week, the album went double platinum -- how did this happen? How did my life get so awesome, so fast?"
Now with five albums under her belt, including the pop juggernaut 1989, and 10 GRAMMYs, Swift still manages to keep her success in perspective. The superstar was humble as ever at the 2014 awards ceremony.
"I don't operate under the attitude of, 'Oh well, you know, I've won awards before, of course I'm gonna continue to get nominated for them,'" she told ET on the red carpet. "Anything can change in an instant and you just have to appreciate the fact that you get to do what you love one more day, and that keeps you in perspective."
The milestone comes just days after Swift gave her first performance of 2016, since wrapping her world tour last year, delivering a one-night-only set at the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. For more on the epic show, watch below.