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Taylor Swift: Entertainer of the month

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Hosting Saturday Night Live is daunting enough on its own. But to pull double duty as host and musical performer, you have to be, well, the kind of girl who names her second album Fearless. Swift, 19, was just that on the Nov. 7 show — skewering herself in a musical monologue, rocking two tunes, and earning laughs for spoofs of Shakira and Twilight. ”It was wonderful to go up there and get out of my comfort zone,” says Swift. ”That experience was the coolest week of my life.”

The singer cleaned up at awards shows this month, nabbing five American Music Awards and becoming the youngest winner ever of the Country Music Awards’ Entertainer of the Year. ”It was probably the most thrilled and shocked I’ve been at an awards show,” she says of the CMA honor. ”I went home and ate cereal with my parents at the kitchen table all night, talking about how we never imagined this could happen.”

Swift also scored a big chart milestone recently: Her self-titled 2006 debut became the longest-running album of the decade on the Billboard 200. ”When I got that call,” she recalls, ”all you could hear me saying was ‘Really? And they checked this? And they double-checked this?”’

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