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Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. At age 14, Swift became the youngest artist signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house and, at 15, she signed her first record deal.

Her 2006 eponymous debut album was the longest-charting album of the 2000s in the US. Its third single, "Our Song", made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Swift's second album, Fearless, was released in 2008.

Buoyed by the pop crossover success of the singles "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me", it became the US' best-selling album of 2009 and was certified diamond in the US. The album won four Grammy Awards, and Swift became the youngest Album of the Year winner.

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Oscar Best Original Song: Rihanna Gets Her First Nomination For “Lift Me Up,” Faces Stiff Competition From Lady Gaga, Diane Warren & More

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The Oscar Best Original Song nominees list is packed with a powerhouse roster of talent, including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, David Byrne.

That sets up a collision of current musical giants come Oscar night. Of course, there’s Diane Warren, the recipient of an Honorary Oscar last month and a musical giant in her own right.

She’s garnered a 14th nomination in the category with “Applause,” from the little-seen doc Tell It Like a Woman. Not on the list is Taylor Swift, whose “Carolina” from Where the Crawdads Sing was on the shortlist of 15 films in contention to be nominated.

While she is a seven-time Grammy winner, Rihanna’s nomination today is her first Oscar nod. This morning’s list of Original Song nominees not only broadens the relevance to the Academy’s nominations, it adds star power.

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