Taylor Swift Praises Billboard’s ‘Icon’ Award Recipient Shania Twain

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Not that she needs it, but Shania Twain is Taylor Swift-approved.

Very rarely does the 1989 singer publicly adorn a [insert noun here], but Swift is helping honor Shania Twain, who is set to receive the Icon award at Billboard's 11th annual event held Dec. 9 in New York City and airing nationally on Lifetime on Dec. 12.

"Shania showed the entire music industry that there were new options for where you could take your career in country music, how widely you could expand it," Swift tells Billboard. "She incorporated so many elements into what she represented — she created fashion moments, she was sexy, you got the impression she would tell you exactly what was on her mind, she was a writer, storyteller and dynamic performer on the grandest scale. She was tough and she was sensitive. She had been through extreme struggle and pain in her life and persevered. She was elegant, edgy and bold. Shania became everyone’s favorite woman because she represented how versatile a woman can be."

At CMT’s Artists of the Year event in October, Swift said Shania helped her learn “to think outside genre boxes and the status quo by watching her reinvent herself." She added: "I'll always be grateful for the chances and risks she took.”

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In that same feature story, Twain opens up about her forthcoming album, which she describes as “kind of schizophrenic musically,” but maintains she’s “the glue.”

She'll sing about her troubles, but don't feel pity for her. “I talk a lot more about pain,” she says, “but I didn’t feel the need to be that literal about anger or hate. It’s very triumphant in the end. I felt like, ‘Whew! I made it through the album! I made it through writing all the songs!’ It was an emotional roller coaster, and the lyrics reflect that.”

She added: “It has been a real tug-of-war, trying to come to terms with very extreme emotions and explain it to people in the format of a song,”

Read the full interview here.

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