Taylor Swift was the guest of honor at a party at Nashville’s Hard Rock Café on Friday (January 28). Family, friends, bandmembers and music industry executives gathered to celebrate her many career successes under the banner of “Heavy Metal at the Hard Rock.”
When the 21-year-old superstar entered the party in a polka-dot dress and red pumps, she hugged and chatted with many of the party’s attendees before the head of her record label, Scott Borchetta, climbed on stage to begin the numerous presentations that would last more than 30 minutes. Among the many awards presented were several for the No. 1 success of her ‘Mine’ single and video, as well as the triple platinum success of her current album, ‘Speak Now,’ which sold more than one-million copies the first week of release — the biggest debut-week sales for an album since 2005. Taylor also received a plaque from the Recording Industry Association of America commemorating total shipments of more than 13 million records. Other presentations were made by BMI, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Country Aircheck, Music Row magazine, Country Radio Broadcasters, the Country Music Association, Universal Music Group Distribution, Nielsen SoundScan, CMT and GAC.
Since launching her career in 2006 when her debut single ‘Tim McGraw’ hit the charts, Taylor has achieved many musical milestones, including selling in excess of 20-million albums worldwide and 35-million song downloads. For the second time in three years, she is Billboard and Nielsen SounScan’s top-selling artist of the year, with more than 4.4-million albums sold in 2010. She is the top-selling digital artist in music history with more than 25-million tracks sold to date. Her self-titled debut album is five-times platinum, while her sophomore effort, ‘Fearless,’ is now quadruple platinum.
After the presentations took place, the star of the party was called up on stage to say a few words. The singer-songwriter was nearly speechless with all of the accolades, but the first thing she said to the crowd was, “I am so happy right now.” She turned to her label president to thank him for “letting me be me.” She called her producer, Nathan Chapman, over to her side, and revealed he is going to be a father! Nathan’s wife is four-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple’s first child.
Taylor even took to her Twitter page late Friday night to thank her fans for supporting her latest album, ‘Speak Now.’ “We all got dressed up and went to a party tonight where lots of wonderful people gave me and my producer Nathan shiny plaques — we high fived,” Taylor wrote. “To anyone who welcomed ‘Speak Now’ into your life, you’re the reason we got to celebrate tonight. Thankyouthankyouthankyouuuu.”
The songstress is set to play 90 shows in 19 countries during her upcoming Speak Now World Tour, which launches February 9 in Singapore.