20-year-old Swift brings ‘Fearless’ tour to Rupp Arena



Fearless — the only word fit to describe a 20-year-old girl who has already sold more than 10 million units and taken home a Grammy for Album of the Year.

It would only seem natural that her latest album and subsequent 48-city tour would be titled “Fearless.”

Of the 19 tour dates remaining in her first-ever headlining tour, 16 of the dates are sold out, including Swift’s show in Rupp Arena this Thursday. Tickets sold out for the Lexington show within minutes when they went on sale in December. Swift even sold out Madison Square Garden within 60 seconds.

“I think that being fearless is having a lot of fears, but you jump anyway,” Swift said in a statement on her website.

Since the infamous MTV Video Music Awards incident in September in which hip-hop artist Kanye West interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech, the Pennsylvania native has become a country icon and the nation’s sweetheart.

Swift began singing at age 10, performing at numerous karaoke contests. She spent the next few years trying to get labels to hear her demo tapes,  until she was signed to Sony/ATV Publishing. She was the youngest professional songwriter to ever be hired by the staff.

Swift signed her first record deal at age 16 and performed at the American Country Music Awards at age 17. She is the youngest artist to ever have written and performed a No. 1 country hit single-handedly.

Swift has since delved into the world of acting, making appearances on various television shows, including a stint as the host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live last November.

The “Fearless” tour will also feature opening act Kellie Pickler. Kellie Pickler made it into the top six on the  fifth season of American Idol.

Pickler has released two albums since her appearance on American Idol in 2005 and is currently working on her third while touring.

The 23-year-old Pickler has a close relationship with Swift, both personally and professionally. The two have written numerous songs together, including Pickler’s single “Best Days of Your Life.”

Taylor Swift will perform in Rupp Arena on Thursday at 7 p.m.