2014: The Year in Taylor Swift

The performances, music videos and news stories that made a platinum year

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October 27th: Taylor Swift Named NYC Tourism Ambassador

On the same day as 1989's release, Swift dropped another big career move: She became New York City's Global Welcome Ambassador. The announcement of the Pennyslvania-born, Nashville-raised singer becoming the new face of NYC was met with nearly as much controversy as the "Shake It Off' video — some of it associated with her quote "bodegas are our friends" from the promotional videos. Either way, the year-long campaign ties in nicely with 1989's opening track, the synth-y and bright eyed "Welcome to New York," which is looking to reach "Empire State of Mind" levels of play counts.

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