At 23 years old, Taylor Swift has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International for the sixth time and is up for her third entertainer of the year award at the CMAs, yet, still, Taylor still thinks of herself as just a girl who writes songs in her bedroom.
The Associated Press interviewed the country superstar after the ribbon-cutting on the $4 million Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where she explained why she doesn’t see herself as a pop star like Madonna.
“I would never see myself [as the top pop star in the world],” Tay said modestly. “I see myself as kind of this girl who writes songs in her bedroom.”
She continued, “You can dress it up all you want and you can put together an amazing theatrical production, you can become a better performer as time goes by, and you can try to excite people, but I’m always going to be a girl who writes songs in her bedroom in my own personal perception of myself.”
Not a bad attitude, considering that if she wins entertainment of the year for a third time—out of an impressive six nominations—she’d become the first woman with three wins.
At the end of the day, Taylor said that it’s something she would not have been able to do without the crazy amount of fans that came out to support her.
“Just knowing the 1.3 million people we saw this year in the US would get to know that they contributed to that… being frenzied and covering themselves in Christmas lights and making signs and learning the lyrics and screaming at the top of their lungs and dancing for two hours straight at my show somehow moved the needle and impacted my life in a way that I’ll remember when I’m 85,” she said. “If I get to be 85.”