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However, after a few years of auditioning in New York and not getting anything, she became interested in country music.

In September 2009 she became the first country music artist to win an MTV Video Music Award when "You Belong with Me" was named Best Female Video.

Her acceptance speech was interrupted by rapper Kanye West, who had been involved in a number of other award show incidents.

Swift invited many musicians to join her for one-off duets during the North American tour. Swift's fourth studio album, "Red", was released on October 22, 2012.

Appearances were made by James Taylor, Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin, Johnny Rzeznik, Andy Grammer, Tal Bachman, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Nelly, B.o. I., Jon Foreman, Jim Adkins, Hayley Williams, Hot Chelle Rae, Ronnie Dunn, Darius Rucker, Tim Mc Graw and Kenny Chesney. She wrote nine of the album's 16 songs alone; the remaining seven were co-written with Max Martin, Liz Rose, Dan Wilson, Ed Sheeran and Gary Lightbody.

The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.

It was the top-selling album of 2009 and brought Swift much crossover success.She had previously won a national poetry contest with a poem entitled "Monster in My Closet", but now began to focus on songwriting.She moved to Nashville at age 14, having secured an artist development deal with RCA Records.As part of the 13-month, 111-date world tour, Swift played seven shows in Asia, 12 in Europe, 80 in North America and 12 in Australasia (three dates on the US tour were rescheduled after she fell ill with bronchitis).The stage show was inspired by Broadway musical theatre, with choreographed routines, elaborate set-pieces, pyrotechnics and numerous costume changes.This interest in country music isolated Swift from her middle school peers.