Who is projected to be America's Sweetheart in 2012?

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April 2nd, 2012

America's Sweetheart is an official title that is given out each year to one person of influence in the media. These actresses or actors vary each year and include people such as Mary Pickford and Shirley Temple. Over the years, the actresses and actors awarded have been chosen for a number of reasons ranging from philanthropic charity work to their influences as role models.

There have been many women called America's Sweetheart over the years, but in 2012 this title can be given to Taylor Swift without a doubt. A popular country singer, Taylor Swift started her record singing career in 2006 with the release of her first album at the age of 16.

Taylor swift signed a songwriting deal at the young age of 14, leading her to Nashville, TN where her rise in the music arena began. She has produced a number of discographies now, and she is a well-known actress and musician in the media. America has been focused on this young star's rise from an early age, leading to today when she has been envisioned and recognized as a sweetheart of the industry. Her varied life within the industry, which has focused on being a good role model and supporting charities and schools, has earned her support and admiration.

Most of Taylor's music focuses on relationships and personal growth, which has charmed audiences and has given her an appearance of a well-mannered individual who younger audience members can look up to. In 2012 alone, she has earned numerous awards including Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song at the Grammy Awards, and Favorite Country Artist at the People's Choice Awards. It is just the beginning of 2012, so the awards are likely to be just beginning.

Along with musical nominations and awards, Taylor Swift has also had a heavy media presence on magazine covers. She has been included in the "100 Most Beautiful People" list created by "People" magazine in 2008, 2009, and 2010. She was also named one the 25 most intriguing people of 2009 by "People." A cover favorite, the bright-eyed actress and songwriter/singer has been featured on the cover of "People," "Seventeen," and other popular teen magazines.

Taylor's innocence when she began in the music industry had all of her fans watching her as she grew into the woman she is today. Her lyrics about growing up and facing first crushes, relationship issues, and other problems earned the singer popularity among adults, teens, and young adults who found the family-friendly music enjoyable and safe for children. Her blonde hair and curly locks had the media following her youthful look as she strutted out onto stages and played her melodies.

Taylor also works with a number of philanthropic organizations to help make the world a better place. On March 31, 2012, she will be presented with "The Big Help Award" by First Lady Michelle Obama. This award recognizes the work Taylor has done to help survivors of tornados and floods in the United States. Taylor has promoted awareness about natural disasters and has dedicated herself to raising funds for those who have been affected by the disasters. She has even gone as far as to donate 100 percent of her ticket sales for the Speak Now Tour dress rehearsal to helping those who are rebuilding their lives after the catastrophes. She has also worked with charitable organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundations, St. Jude Medical Center, T.J. Martell Foundation, The Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity. She also contributes to libraries, schools, and educational societies and initiatives, which has aided her appearance as America's Sweetheart of 2012.