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5 Top Reasons 2023 Was the Year of Taylor Swift:

‘Eras’ Tour, Breaking Records, Travis Kelce and More

Although Taylor Swift doesn’t officially celebrate her birthday until December 13, she dominated pop culture the entire year.

Swift is a 12-time Grammy winner, but her career took a huge leap when her much awaited Eras Tour debuted, and the concert film that followed broke numerous records. Along with making history at the VMAs and Grammy Awards in 2023, she also overcame heartbreak to find love and kept topping the charts with her rerecorded albums, two of which were released earlier this year.

And what’s the secret to her success? “No matter what happens, good or bad, I just keep creating things. “Never stop creating art,” she said in her December TIME Person of the Year cover story. However, I’ve also discovered that actively attempting to defeat your opponents is pointless. Trash consistently removes itself.

See all the reasons why 2023 was Taylor Swift’s year by scrolling down:

1 *The Eras Tour * Gained Significant Notoriety

When Swift embarked on the Eras Tour in March, she had no idea it would break the record for the highest-grossing music tour of all time. Since launching her sixth tour in Glendale, Arizona, Swift has performed hits from all of her discography across the United States and around the world.

Swift’s ever-changing stage outfits and her stunning performances have been the subject of countless fan videos. In particular, “Vigilante S–t” from the show’s midnight portion became a fan favorite for its sexy cabaret style.

Throughout the tour, the Swifties showed their devotion by exchanging friendship bracelets (inspired by lyrics from the song “You’re on Your Own, Kid”). Several celebrity participants have also jumped on the trend, including Gigi Hadid, Mindy Kaling, Sofia Richie, Mariska Hargitay (Mariska Hargitay), Halsey, Kyle Richards, Simu Liu, Jennifer Garner, etc.

After her first U.S. show in August, Swift joined the Eras Tour with special guest Sabrina Carpenter, heading to Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. Swift will resume performances in Japan in February 2024, followed by additional performances in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States through December 2024.

2. ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’ Movie Broke Records

Swift made sure fans who couldn’t attend the Eras tour in person didn’t miss the show. Concert film Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour opened in theaters in October and dominated its opening weekend, grossing $123.5 million at the global box office and quickly becoming the highest-grossing concert film of all time.

Swift brought the energy of her touring live shows to theaters, with singing and dancing in the seats and Swift-themed popcorn buckets and popcorn cups available for purchase (many places sold out).

The movie also marked a major moment for women in music as both Swift and Beyoncé released film versions of their 2023 concert tours. While many fans compared the tours’ successes, the pop stars shut down any rivalry rumors by attending the premieres of each other’s films.

“I’m so glad I’ll never know what my life would’ve been like without @beyonce‘s influence,” Swift wrote via Instagram after Beyoncé walked the red carpet at the premiere of the Eras movie. “The way she’s taught me and every artist out here to break rules and defy industry norms. Her generosity of spirit. Her resilience and versatility. She’s been a guiding light throughout my career and the fact that she showed up tonight was like an actual fairytale.”

3. She Made Headlines With Travis Kelce

Swift ended 2023 with a romance that enthralled everyone from her fans to NFL pundits, despite beginning the year with a high-profile breakup from her longtime boyfriend Joe Alwyn. When Swift played at Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri in July, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce tried to give her a friendship bracelet with his phone number on it. That’s how their love story started. Despite his failure, Swift was drawn to the act, and their relationship eventually blossomed.

Since then, Swift has backed Travis at multiple football games and gained the affection of Travis’s parents, Donna, Ed, and brother, Jason Kelce.

At one of Swift’s Eras Tour concerts in Argentina, one of the couple’s most widely shared moments happened. During her performance, the Grammy winner acknowledged Travis on stage by modifying the lyrics of her last song, “Karma.” Travis blushed in the audience as she sang, “Karma is the guy on the Chiefs,” as opposed to, “Karma is the guy on the screen coming straight home to me.”

4. She Took Over the NFL

The 2023 NFL season has featured a lot of coverage on Swift and Travis’ relationship, mostly because Swift has attended multiple Chiefs games. According to a CBS report from October, Travis did better at games where Swift was present than when she wasn’t. Swift brought in two million female viewers to the Chiefs-New York Jets game that same month, which increased NFL ratings.

Swift was unfazed by the criticism she received from football fans for diverting attention from the game itself. “How they know what suite I’m in is beyond me. I don’t know if I’m being shown 17 times or once because there’s a camera, like, a half mile away, and you don’t know where it is or when the camera is putting you on the broadcast,” she said to TIME in December.

She laughed and said, “I’m just there to support Travis. I don’t know whether I’m being displayed too much and annoying certain dads, Brads, and Chads.”

5. She Rocked the Planet — Literally

There were many amazing events during The Eras Tour’s first leg in the United States, but none quite matched the day the Seattle Swifties are said to have triggered a 2.3-magnitude earthquake simply by applauding and dancing.

Seismologist Jackie Caplan-Auerbach told CNN in July that the shaking was “twice as intense as Beast Quake,” alluding to the well-known 2011 event in which supporters shook the ground in response to a touchdown by former Seattle Seahawks player Marshawn Lynch. “The length of the shaking is the main distinction. After a touchdown, there is a brief burst of cheering before it stops. It is far less planned than a concert.

Swift’s 1989 hits “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” were the two songs that elicited the largest response from the crowd, according to a subsequent seismologist named Mouse Reusch.

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