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Taylor Swift Reveals What Is Important for Her as an Artist with Regard to Her Future

Taylor Swift has been named on of People‘s People of the Year and she’s opening up in a brand new cover story for the mag!

Here’s what the 29-year-old entertainer is sharing with the mag…

On this year being special to her:

“This year feels more special to me than any year before it. Fifteen years into doing this, being able to look around and acknowledge that it’s special, I’m really stoked this moment can happen when I’m 29. That’s one of the benefits of starting when you’re 12!”

On why she signed with UMG and what she felt like was important for her as an artist: “I’m in a position to speak out, thankfully, so if somebody who’s younger who’s signing a record deal can learn from that, then that’s a good day. When I signed my record deal with Universal Music Group, they agreed to pay their artists a significant portion when they sell their Spotify shares. It’s a hugely important thing to me as an artist because I think that’s our pension plan, and that’s our thing we get to leave to our kids.”

On her year: “This is the first time I’ve been able to put out music that I feel is connecting with people, yet look back on everything I’ve made and feel a quiet sense of pride. I’m proud of the things I’ve withstood, and I’ve been able to carve out a life for myself.”

For more from Taylor Swift, visit People.com.