Taylor Swift is one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for the third time. On Wednesday, the singer appeared on one of six covers of the issue. Shawn Mendes wrote an essay detailing why she is so influential and it was beyond sweet.
“I’ve been a Taylor Swift fan for as long as I can remember. But it wasn’t until I met and got to know her that I understood how wonderful a person she truly is. Taylor makes the job of creating music for millions of people look easy. It all comes from her — her belief in magic and love, and her ability to be as honest and raw as possible. She’s the master of putting the perfect amount of thought into not overthinking, and that’s why her music connects so well.
I was so lucky to be able to open for a handful of her stadium shows on the 1989 World Tour. And I quickly learned that the magic of Taylor Swift doesn’t come from the lights, dancers or fireworks (although all of that is incredible) but from the electrifying connection that she has with the people who are there to see her. There’s an overwhelming feeling in the air. The feeling of your heart racing in your chest with excitement — so much so that by the time you get to ‘Love Story,’ all you want to do is pick up your phone and text every person you know to say how much you love them. The feeling is so thick, you feel like you could reach out and grab it to keep forever.
Taylor makes anyone older feel young again and anyone young feel they can do anything. It’s so rare and so special. If there is one thing I want to achieve in my career and life, it’s that.”
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The honor comes ahead of Taylor’s mysterious announcement that has fans excited. On April 13, Swift started a countdown to April 26 and has been giving clues that leaves fans to believe it means new music is coming from the singer. We are counting down the days for sure!