Swift’s parents recognized her talent – as well as her commitment to making it as a singer. So the family decided to relocate to Hendersonville, Tennessee, so that she could be closer to Nashville, the country music capital of America. There, the teen was noticed following a performance at The Bluebird Café and later landed a record deal with Big Machine Records.
In 2006 Swift released “Tim McGraw,” her debut single. It reached top ten in the country music charts and her first album went on to sell over five million records. After a few successful country songs, the singer received a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
Swift became the top-selling country artist of 2008. And the following year she won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video for “You Belong with Me.” The rising star only gained more attention when Kanye West interrupted her speech to claim that Beyoncé should have won in her place.