Taylor Swift received birthday gifts during the holiday season, but she also gave quite a hefty one.
Nominated for four Grammys at the 56th annual awards — which CBS televises Sunday, Jan. 26 — the singing-songwriting superstar marked turning 24 last month by donating $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony.
The musicians had taken a 15-percent salary cut in their contract negotiation last summer, and Swift elected to do her part, which earned her DoSomething.org‘s title of most charitable celebrity of 2013.
“They’re an incredible group of people,” she tells Zap2It. “I played with them a couple of years ago, and I had no idea they had gotten so wiped out by the floods in Nashville. There was so much damage to their building, they had to cut back on costs. They would never ask me to give anything, and that’s why I felt compelled to do so.”
Now with Grammy bids for the multiple-hit-yielding “Red” that include Album of the Year and Country Album — both of which she won in 2010 (for “Fearless”) — Swift will take her current concert tour to Europe days after the award ceremony. She intends to give those fans the whole show, entailing some big shipping costs.
“I’m so excited for London and Berlin,” she says, “and I’m really excited that we’ve taken the time to ship everything over. We’ll have the full show, and that’s why we’ve taken a break between going to Australia and going to London. I don’t want anybody to get a stripped-down version of the show, just me standing on a stage.”
As Swift starts work on her fifth album, she’s also a nominee in Sunday’s (Jan. 12) 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards for “Sweeter Than Fiction,” the song she wrote with Jack Antonoff of fun. for the movie “One Chance.” Her recent North American and Australian touring has made her all the more committed to deliver for her followers, who have boosted “Red” to quadruple-platinum sales.
“My fans have really been showing up and going above and beyond,” Swift says. “With all these amazing things happening, one thing I’ve worked on for the last couple of years is that when they’re happening, not having a supreme tidal wave of fear follow the great things.”
She continues, “I try really hard just to experience the joy and celebrate it, rather than fearing when it will all end, or fearing that I’ll say something stupid and everyone will hate me. That’s the struggle, processing things the right way … and lately, I’ve really been able to live in the moment and appreciate what’s happening to me. Which is amazing.”