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Taylor Swift named Billboard's 'Woman of the Year' for 2011

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Taylor Swift arrives at the Billboard Awards 2011

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Taylor Swift has been named Billboard's 'Woman of the Year' for 2011.

The 21-year-old country singer is the youngest artist to receive the award, which she will pick up at the Billboard Women In Music 2011 event in New York on December 2.

Billboard's editorial director Bill Werde said: "Taylor has shown the power of good songwriting with music that has transcended genres, and we're thrilled to recognise all of her successes over the past year.

"At the young age of 21, Taylor has already made a major impact on music and has been an incredible role model for aspiring singers/songwriters and young women everywhere. I look forward to watching her career continue to flourish in the years to come."

Swift picked up three prizes at the Billboard Music Awards in May, including 'Top Billboard 200 Album Artist' and 'Country Artist of the Year'.

She told the audience at the event: "I want to thank my record label for working so hard. I want to thank my family... for giving me the chance to make albums.

"The impact of an album is determined by the fans. You've just given me another reason to be completely in love with you. Thank you so much for this."

Black Eyed Peas star Fergie was named Billboard's 'Woman of the Year' for 2010, while Beyoncé picked up the honour the previous year.

Swift is currently nominated for five prizes, including the 'Entertainer of the Year' honour, at the County Music Association Awards, which air Wednesday, November 8 from 8/7c on ABC.

Watch Taylor Swift's music video for 'Mean' below:

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