Taylor made history in early 2010, when she became the youngest ever winner of the GRAMMY award for "Album of the Year" for her second studio album, "Fearless". But she also had something to prove: people were skeptical if she, a teenage girl, was actually responsible for the impeccable lyrics in her songs. So Taylor
decided to write her next album solo. "Speak Now" would go on to become the best selling self-written album in history.
"Speak Now" was released on October 25, 2010, and was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200, with opening week sales of one million copies, only the 16th
album in history to do so. Later, it became the fastest-selling digital album by a female artist, with 278,000 downloads in a week. For this feat, Swift received a listing in the
2010 Guinness World Records; she earned another entry in the book after 10 of "Speak Now's" tracks debuted on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first female to achieve the
feat. Three of the album's singles — "Mine", "Back to December", and "Mean" —peaked within the top ten in Canada.
The song "Mean" won "Best Country Song" and "Best Country Solo Performance" at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. She performed the song during the ceremony. Claire Suddath
of Time felt she "delivered her comeback on-key and with a vengeance", and Jayme Deerwester of USA Today remarked that the criticism in 2010 seemed to have "made her a better
songwriter and live performer".
Swift won various other awards for "Speak Now", including "Songwriter/Artist of the Year" by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), "Woman of the Year"
by Billboard (2011), and "Entertainer of the Year" by the Academy of Country Music (2011 and 2012) and the Country Music Association in 2011. At the American Music Awards
of 2011, Swift won "Artist of the Year" and "Favorite Country Album".
Swift embarked on the "Speak Now World Tour", which ran from February 2011 to March 2012, and grossed over $123 million. In
November 2011, she released her first live album, "Speak Now World Tour: Live".
"THE HUNGER GAMES" AND "BOTH OF US"
The following month, Swift contributed two original songs to the "The Hunger Games" soundtrack album — "Safe & Sound",
co-written and recorded with The Civil Wars and T-Bone Burnett, and "Eyes Open". The former was awarded the Grammy
Award for "Best Song Written for Visual Media". After providing vocals for B.o.B's "Both of Us" in May 2012, Swift dated political
heir Conor Kennedy from July to September 2012.