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It might not get any cooler than Taylor Swift.

Already one of the more grounded, respected, popular singers on the planet, Taylor helped her reputation even more by making the dreams of a few Auburn University students come true. Here's what went down:

In January, Michael Wekall and Ryan Leander started the website A Hug From Taylor Swift. Their goal? To receive a hug from Taylor Swift. D'uh!

The pair posted videos and made online pleas to the star, which were soon met with a challenge from Taylor herself: perform some good deeds, encourage others to do the same, and perhaps the dream of an in-person meeting would come true.

Michael and Ryan did as they were asked - and Swift made good on her promise.

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Yesterday, Wekall and Leander urged students to meet them for a special karaoke session. Soon after the group completed a rendition of "You Belong With Me," Swift appeared on stage, donning a "Hug from Mike and Ryan" t-shirt.

Fast forward to the four-minute mark below to get to the especially cool part:

Seriously, how awesome is Taylor Swift?!?

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Over the weekend, for the first time in memory, Taylor Swift was NOT the big winner at an awards show.

In fact, our favorite young superstar went zero-for-five at last night's Country Music Awards, taking home nary a trophy.

That's quite the contrast from Miranda Lambert, who won Video of the Year and Album of the Year. We're happy for her and all, but we'd like to see Taylor come out on top of something this week.

With that in mind, it's up to you, readers. Did Swift out-pretty Lambert on the red carpet? Compare their looks below and then vote:

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Who looks hotter?

 

Check out the full list of winners at the CMAs now:

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Taylor Swift took to the Staples Center stage on Thursday night and sang a number of her hit singles.

That would have been enough for the thousands of fans in attendance, of course. But the crowd - and Taylor herself - got a surprise when Katy Perry popped out and sung "Hot N' Cold" with the young Grammy Award-winner.

Check out the duet below:

Swift will release a new album this fall. We can't wait for it.

As the anticipation builds, check out the following photos of Taylor performing in Los Angeles:

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Taylor Swift enjoyed a ridiculously successful 2009. Her achievement on the music charts and in various award categories earned the artist the number-seven ranking in our Celebrity of the Year rundown.

But Swift has remained quiet for the first quarter of 2010, hanging out with friends and possibly dating Glee star Cory Monteith.

Featured in the latest issue of Vogue, though, Taylor reveals plans to release a new album this fall.

Similar her previous CD, this one will focus on the singer's personal life, which has has changed a lot since she was 16.

"I don't think I could put on a new character for two years of my life if it wasn't really what I was going through," she told the magazine. "I have these formulas for making music; they're almost mathematical: Who are you today? What did you write about in your diary? What idea hit you at 4:00 A.M.?"

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Taylor is also moving into a new home in Nashville, but says it isn't a mansion. ("I didn't want to have to MapQuest to get to the kitchen.")

Through all her success and worldwide acclaim, she sounds as grounded and humble as ever.

"Looking back on what these past two years have been for me, it feels like this magical dream of, Really? We toured all over the world? We played an arena in London? This is happening? Readjusting my goals and dreams has been something I've had to do a lot lately."

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Is Taylor Swift torn between two young hunks?

We can't independently validate this report, but that's the rumor going around. The hot rumor. It all started when she spent the night of March 23 cozying up to Glee cast member Cory Monteith at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, Calif.

Then, the very next day, Swift reunited with former co-star and ex-boyfriend, Eclipse star Taylor Lautner, for lunch. Are both just friends - or potential boyfriends?

If it's the latter, how many heartthrobs does one girl need, and who's the frontrunner? Despite her namesake being so hot, Cory might have the inside track.

The Taylors are “good friends,” an insider tells OK!, while Cory Monteith and Swift are more than that - and have been “happily and quietly dating” for a while!

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Taylor Swift and Cory Monteith at an event earlier this year.

Rumors first swirled that the two were a possible couple in late January, when they were seen at a number of different locales, including a pre-Grammys event.

While bowling with Cory and a few other fiends (like best pal Selena Gomez), she was “effervescent,” according to a witness, and didn’t even let gutterballs get her down - whenever she rolled one, she would laugh and hug Cory.

Maybe she's just a good sport about bowling?

This isn't to say Taylor Lautner is no longer in the picture. The two spent hours laughing and talking over lunch with the singer’s mom at The Farm of Beverly Hills.

Who will win her heart, Cory or Taylor? Who should Swift date - and do you believe the rumors tying her to Monteith? Weigh in with comments.

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Just when you thought Taylor Swift couldn't get any cuter...

The Grammy winner and her team have put together the following video in order to show why she ought to win the four Academy of Country Music Awards for which she's nominated.

For example, why should Swift be named Top Female Vocalist of the Year? Simple: it's science! What do we mean? Watch and find out:

Along with the aforementioned award, Swift is up for Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year!

The Country Music Awards air on CBS on April 18.

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She may not be dating Taylor Lautner anymore, but that doesn't mean Taylor Swift can't shower the actor with praise.

In the latest issue of Elle, the musical superstar is asked who she finds hot and replies: “Um, well... Taylor Lautner.”

Give Swift points for honesty, and for remaining so grounded in the face of such fame and success. Below, we've posted a few more excerpts from her Elle cover story/interview...

Is she relly ferless? “I overthink everything. I overanalyze everything.”

On one of her biggest fears: “Me making a bunch of bad decisions and embarking on a painful, slow, devastating tailspin.”

On scrutiny in the press: “I’ve had countless opportunities to do some really bad things. And then people start combing through everything I do trying to find the next mistake and misperception, which leads to more scrutiny... i’s not only about your own moral compass, but the moral compasses of other people that you don’t know.”

On writing about her relationships: “I like to categorize the various levels of heartbreak. I’ve only had that happen once. A letdown is worth a few songs. A heartbreak is worth a few albums.”

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One os a multiple-tme Grammy winner.

The other often appears topless in magazine spreads.

One is a globally respected, conservative, innocent, 20-year old recording artist.

The other has gotten naked in Playboy many times.

On the surface, Taylor Swift and Carmen Electra have nothing in mind. Then again, on the surface, Tiger Woods didn't seem like the type of guy that would need to read a prepared statement that apologized for his countless transgressions with the opposite sex.

It turns out that Taylor and Carmen do have one thing in common: fashion taste. Case in point:

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Who wears this outfit better?

 

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We pray this isn't so...

According to In Touch Weekly, John Mayer and Taylor Swift - it pains us to even write these words - hooked up in late January. At least that's what the douchebag of male singer told a friend.

It's already been confirmed that the pair met for dinner in Nashville. But an insider tells the tabloid they got extra cozy in a recording studio there.

“She was sitting on John’s lap, her arms were around him, and she was talking in his ear,” said the source. “They were acting like teenagers.”

Well, Taylor is only 20 years old. Yet another reason (aside from how much cooler she is) for Mayer to keeps his hands off her.

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Mayer and Swift dined that evening at the restaurant Cabana and were joined by pals afterward. From there, the magazine alleges, they went back The Hermitage Hotel alone, where they were privately escorted to John’s suite.

“Taylor spent the night and enjoyed mid-morning room service before leaving his suite the next day," said the insider, defying the denial from both singers' reps that anything romantic has gone on between the two.

When asked by a friend how his night with award-winning star went, John supposedly laughed and said: “How do you think it went?”

Oh man. Maybe this really did happen. That does sound exactly like something Mayer would say.

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In a recent interview with Hollywoodlife.com, Ryan Kwanten made one thing clear:

He's more than just a ridiculously attractive body. The True Blood star also has a good head on those broad shoulders.

When asked at the Producers Guild Awards about Taylor Swift possibly appearing on the HBO hit, Kwanten replied:

“I’d like Taylor [to guest star on True Blood]. That’d be kind of cool... I get the feeling that she likes to break down boundaries. She set a bunch of records, so why not get into the acting world and see if she can’t tackle that, too?"

Swift, of course, is already doing so, as she's one of 97 stars appearing in Valentine's Day. But we think she'd fit in perfectly on True Blood, don't you?

She could be a vampire and pretend each of her prey is Kanye West.

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