For the past 21 years, Barbara Walters has presented her list of who she has proclaimed the most fascinating people of the year in an always highly rated ABC special. The 2014 list includes Oprah Winfrey, Scarlett Johansson, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, billionaire David Koch, Michael Strahan. “Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin, and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk. Walters named George Clooney’s new wife Amal Alamuddin as the ‘most fascinating.’ Really?
While Walters admits the list is meant to provoke conversation and debate, one person on the list can not be argued. Taylor Swift, whose switch this year from country to pop music was an unbelievable success, made the list. Her single “Shake it Off” hit number one in 64 countries and her “1989” album sold more than one million copies in the first week of release, unheard of in this age of singles downloads. Already a superstar prior to “1989,” her star has never been brighter.
While Swift maintains close contact and appreciation for her fans, she shared with Walters how she remains grounded.
Columbus can see firsthand what makes Taylor Swift so fascinating when she returns in concert for two nights, September 17 and 18 at Nationwide Arena.