It may seem like Taylor Swift has had a pretty impressive year every year since she hit it big, but 2012 was special. She released her fourth album Red, which broke major record sales, she matured with her fashion choices, she dated Harry Styles... oh, and she won Grammys! And that’s just her 22nd year in a nutshell.
Today Taylor celebrates her 23rd birthday and we’d bet money that it’s going to be just as good –- or better -– a year in the 12 months to come. Until then, here are Taylor’s 23 best moments in 2012!
1. Won Two Grammys
She kicked the year off by having her single Mean win Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards.
2. Released Second Fragrance
Riding the success of her first fragrance Wonderstuck, she released line number two, Enchanted.
3. Stayed Safe & Sound
She recorded Safe & Sound with The Civil Wars for The Hunger Games soundtrack, showing a more folk-side to her.
4. Got Punk’d By the Biebs
Kicking off the reboot of MTV's Punk'd, Justin Bieber pulled the ultimate prank of Taylor, having her almost in tears.
5. Got Animated For The Lorax
She played the voice of Audrey in Dr. Seuss' The Lorax alongside Zac Efron.
6. Had An Awesome Sleepover
We're still jealous we didn't get invited to this. She had a girls night in with Selena Gomez and documented the night with photos.
7. Did Tea With Sophia Grace & Rosie
We love Sophia Grace & Rosie. We love Taylor. It doesn't get much better.
8. Epic Duet With Zac Efron
Appearing to promote their film The Lorax, Taylor and Zac did a special rendition of Foster the People's Pumped Up Kicks in honor of Ellen DeGeneres.
9. Donated $4 Million to Country Music
Showing off her charitable side, she donated $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
10. Hit the Stage With James Taylor
Dream come true for Taylor. She shared the stage with her idol and legend James Taylor.
11. Landed Joni Mitchell Role
Giving her acting chops another whirl, she landed the role of Joni Mitchell in an upcoming biopic.
12. Started Dating a Kennedy
Off the market again! But this time she fell for 18-year-old high school senior Conor Kennedy.
13. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Was Big
Her first single off Red We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together became her first number one on the Billboard Hot 100, also recording the highest ever one-week sales figures for a female artist.
14. Fun 2012 VMA Performance
She closed out the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards by giving an energetic performance of We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.
15. Released Red
She released her fourth studio album Red to rave reviews.
16. Broke Up With a Kennedy
Also that same week, she split from Conor due to her hectic schedule.
17. Broke Major Records With Red
Within the first week, Red sold 1.21 million copies, making it the highest opening in a decade!
18. Had Her Face On a Pizza Box
To help promote her album Red, she teamed up with Papa John's to help throw Taylor Swift-inspired pizza parties and even have the album delievered to your doorstep.
19. Started Dating Harry Styles
After this rumor swirled for months, it was pretty obvious that these two were definitely together following her X-Factor performance and their late night NYC hotel visits.
20. Dramatic AMA Performance
Taylor put on a theatrical performance of I Knew You Were Trouble, filled with fantastic costumes, choreography and backdrops.
21. Her Best Red Carpet Fashion Year Yet
Within the past year, every red carpet Taylor has walked, she's looked better and better. Always elegant, mature but fun.
22. Goodbye Curls. Hello Bangs
She ditched her signature curly locks for a more sleek look of pin-straight hair and blunt bangs.
23. She's Still the Same Ole Taylor
And her surprised face hasn't gone away.
What was your favorite moment for Taylor in 2012?
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