Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album may be called 1989 and it may have been released in 2014, but it was all anyone talked about in 2015.
From a tour with A-list cameos to some of the biggest celebrity beefs of the year, we’re taking a look back at the year in Taylor Swift.
To start off the most successful year of her career, Swift got 2015-ready with a girls trip to Catalina.
Swift hit the Brit Awards red carpet in a dragon dress, performed Blank Space, danced to Kanye West, and took home her first Brit Award for International Female Artist. Later this month, Swift released her third 1989 single Style, including the dreamy music video.
Taylor offered some help on the guitar to Madonna during her performance of Ghost Town at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards before performing a solo set. Also that month, Swift celebrated International Women’s Day with some of her favourite women.
At the 2015 Country Music Awards, Swift was honoured with the Milestone Award and introduced by a moving speech by her mother, Andrea. Also in April, showing off why she has such a dedicated squad, Swift threw bestie Abigail a 25th birthday party that included a performance by Abigail’s favourite artist, Chris Carrabba.
The worldwide 1989 Tour kicks off with two dates in Japan and becomes the most talked about tour of years, with Swift surprising fans in every city with famous guests. Later this month, Swift releases her star-studded music video for Bad Blood, which includes cameos from Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, Serayah, Ellie Goulding, Martha Hunt, Hailee Steinfeld, Cara Delevigne, Zendaya, Hayley Williams, Lily Aldridge, Karlie Kloss, Jessica Alba, Ellen Pompeo, Mariska Hargitay, Cindy Crawford, Lena Dunham and Kendrick Lamar. The song broke the Vevo record for most plays in 24 hours with 20.1 million views, a record later broken this year by Adele’s Hello. Swift released the video during the Billboard Music Awards, where she took home eight awards for 1989.
Notable 1989 Tour Guests: Imagine Dragons.
Swift toured Europe for most of June, but took a break to post her first couple photo with boyfriend Calvin Harris on Instagram.
Notable 1989 Tour Guests: Mariska Hargitay, Ellen Pompeo, Rachel Platten, Little Big Town, Echosmith.
July was a month of celebrations for Swift, first with a Fourth of July party at her house in the Hamptons and later when she became a godmother to friend Jamie King’s new son James Knight. The month wasn’t all smooth sailing though. Swift became embroiled in a debate over race and gender when she and Nicki Minaj got in a Twitter debate over their VMA nominations.
Notable 1989 Tour Guests: Jason Derulo, Lorde, Nick Jonas, The Weeknd.
Taylor Swift and her squad took over the MTV VMAs, killing it with their red carpet looks and debuting Swift’s video for Wildest Dreams. Swift also buried her beef with Nicki Minaj by joining the rapper onstage during her performance of The Night Is Still Young.
Notable 1989 Tour Guests: OMI, Avril Lavigne, Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake, Lisa Kudrow, St. Vincent, Beck, John Legend, Alanis Morissette, Mary J. Blige, Ellen DeGeneres, Julia Roberts, Little Mix, Fifth Harmony.
Ryan Adams released his album of 1989 covers, giving Swift an opportunity to fangirl over the folk singer.
Notable 1989 Tour Guests: Nelly, Steven Tyler, Leona Lewis, Mick Jagger, Wiz Khalifa.
Swift continues her 1989 Tour throughout Southern USA and celebrates the one year anniversary of 1989 on October 27. Swift also gets into the Halloween spirit with a little help from Idina Menzel.
Notable 1989 Tour Guests: Alessia Cara, Idina Menzel, Ricky Martin, Pitbull, Dwayne Wade, Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo, Charli XCX.
Heading back to Asia, Swift brings the 1989 Tour to Singapore and China and then heads out on a family vacation to New Zealand. We wonder whether bestie Lorde will be her tour guide?