Taylor Swift Is Billboard’s Woman Of The Year

Her Lyrics Are the Only Lyrics She'll Sing:

"I’m not going to be one of those artists who walks in [to a room with songwriters] and says, 'I don’t know, what do you want to write about?' or one of those things where they say, 'So what’s going on in your life?,' and I tell them and then they have to write a song about it. I wouldn’t be a singer if I weren’t a songwriter. I have no interest in singing someone else’s words."

Her Image:

"I remember all the sit-downs in the conference rooms," Taylor said of her team's concerns about going pop. "They said, 'Are you really sure you want to do this? Are you sure you want to call the album 1989? We think it’s a weird title. Are you sure you want to put an album cover out that has less than half of your face on it? Are you positive that you want to take a genre that you cemented yourself in, and switch to one that you are a newcomer to?' And answering all of those questions with 'Yes, I'm sure' really frustrated me at the time -- like, 'Guys, don’t you understand, this is what I’m dying to do?'"

She Watches Out for Her Friends -- And Is (Sort of) a Life Coach:

“Taylor is like this force of protective energy,” Lorde tells Billboard. “She looks after everyone she knows. We’re both interested and involved in the workings of the industry. I have this thing in my head that she should do seminars -- ‘Swift’s 13 Steps’ or something.”

The full issue's out Friday, Dec. 5.

Agreed. Homegirl dominated!