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Swift to give back

While other pop stars make headlines for behaving badly, country singer Taylor Swift made the news last May for her philanthropic efforts.

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When we're used to our pop stars making headlines by behaving badly or entering rehab for the fourth time, it's always a pleasure to report what country star Taylor Swift has been up to. The precocious singer is no stranger to making headlines with her regular sweeping of awards shows, sold-out concerts, and megaplatinum record sales.

But in May, Taylor showed yet another dimension when she donated $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in her hometown of Nashville. It was the largest gift the museum had ever received from a musician.

"We're obviously blown away by it," museum director Kyle Young said of the donation. "This is really a substantial and tremendous investment in our future ... [with] education [at] the center. We do a lot now, and this will allow us to do so much more."

This is only the latest in philanthropic efforts over the past several years by Ms. Swift, who has also donated thousands of books to a Pennsylvania library near her birthplace and supported the Red Cross.

And in March during the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards, the singer was awarded the Big Help Award, given annually to a celebrity who has helped the environment.

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