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This year has been tremendous for Taylor Swift. After releasing her latest album 1989, becoming the artist to sell the most albums in its first week since 2002 (with 1.287!), and becoming the first woman to replace herself at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, it's easy to see why Billboard chose her as their "Woman of the Year" for 2014. 

This is a big honor, and Taylor was so excited when she recieved the news that she tripped over a cat toy! She posted to social media, "Thanks Billboard. Also thanks, YOU. (Does dorky celebratory dance then trips over a cat toy)"

Oh, Tay.

In being named Billboard's "Woman of the Year," T-Swift gave an in depth interview with the magazine about her success, her transition to full-on pop, all of her BFFs, and so much more.

Take a look at five things we learned about Taylor Swift from her Billboard "Woman of the Year" interview:


1. Her biggest challenge this year was convincing everyone (on her team) that going pop was a "good call."

"I remember all the sit-downs in the conference rooms, where I would get kind of called in front of a group of people who have worked with me for years. They said, 'Are you really sure you want to do this?'"

"The biggest struggle turned into the biggest triumph when it worked out."

2. Her and Lena Dunham became besties through Twitter.

"I went to Lena's Twitter and she was following me. I saw her quoting my lyrics. At first I was afraid, because I thought she was being ironic or making fun of me. Then I looked down further and she's talking about my music all the time. So I followed her, and immediately got a direct message back saying, 'When can we hang out? We need to be best friends.'"

3. She LOVES Tumblr ... and GIFs.

"It allows me to experience my fans' sense of humor. They're sharing not only stories but also GIFs and memes that they've created."

4. She's all about being a songwriter just as much as she is a singer.

"I'm not going to be one of those artists who walks in and says, 'I don't know, what do you want to write about?' or one of those things where they say, 'So what's going on in your life?,' and I tell them and then they have to write a song about it. I wouldn't be a singer if I weren't a songwriter. I have no interest in singing someone else's words."

5. People might be wondering about her move to NYC, but Taylor has been in and out of the Big Apple for years. And her first Knicks game was at 12 years old.

"When I first discovered that I was in love with performing, I wanted to be in theater. So growing up, New York City was where I would come for auditions."

"I actually have a photo of my first Knicks game. I was 12 years old and I was in a halftime talent competition."

Read Taylor's FULL interview with Billboard HERE.