OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift: Endless Retweets, Hugs and Glitter

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“Retweeted by Taylor Swift.” That’s music to millions of Swift’s followers on Twitter. They want her to notice their tweets, and lately, she’s been doing exactly that. Swift has been on kind of a retweeting mission. Mostly, I think, because she is nominated for a couple of MTV Video Music Awards and is encouraging her fans to vote for her. And her retweets are like her way of saying thanks. “I am so amazed that [fans] keep doing these incredibly nice things for me. It’s like these giant incredible gestures,” Swift said recently in a radio interview. “I just want to hug them all the time and thank them for everything because it really blows my mind, to be honest with you.” And hug them she has. After a recent tour stop in Iowa, Swift tweeted, “Thank you for tonight, Des Moines. I found endless amounts of glitter on my arms from hugging lots of you tonight. Thanks for going all out!”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.