Officials in Glendale, Arizona have confirmed that they will rename the city in singer Taylor Swift’s honour to celebrate the singer kicking off her US tour there later this month. The city of Glendale, Arizona will be renamed in Taylor Swift’s honour to celebrate the launch of her US tour, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
The singer is kicking off “The Eras” tour at Glendale’s State Farm Stadium with a pair of shows on March 17 and March 18 before heading to Las Vegas on March 24 and officials have decided to celebrate Taylor by temporarily changing the city’s name. A statement from city officials name checked a number of the pop star’s songs in a statement which read: “There is no need to calm down, we’re fearless and doing something highly unusual to celebrate the fact that Taylor’s concerts start right here! “We know all too well that she’s one of the most influential artists of her generation and we are writing our own love story for her and greeting every swiftie in style!” Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers is expected to announce the city’s new name on March 13 and it will remain in effect across March 17 and 18 — the days Taylor is performing in Glendale.
Reports suggest the city’s Westgate Entertainment District shopping centre will also display welcome messages to the singer and restaurants around town will change their menus to offer meals inspired by Taylor. The “Shake It Off” star previously announced Glendale as the first stop on her tour when she confirmed the dates last year. In a tweet launching the tour, she wrote: “I’m enchanted to announce my next tour: ‘Taylor swift | The Eras Tour’, a journey through the musical eras of my career (past present!) The first leg of the tour will be in stadiums across the US, with international dates to be announced as soon as we can!” She later added eight more shows to the US tour bringing the total number of stops to 35.
Meanwhile, Swift won Best Music Video for “All Too Well: The Short Film” at the recent Grammy Awards. Swift beat out work from Adele, BTS, Doja Cat, Harry Styles, and Kendrick Lamar. The video of “All Too Well: The Short Film” has been self-directed by Swift. Before this award, Swift had won 11 Grammys, including one for Best Music Video. Since directing the “All Too Well” short film, Swift has been tapped to direct her debut feature, based on a self-penned screenplay.
Swift was not at the premiere ceremony to accept her Grammy Award, but she tweeted later, “I can’t put into words what this means to me. For the @RecordingAcad and my peers to acknowledge me as a director, and in doing so, acknowledge my work to try and reclaim my music. I’m blown away. Thank you to all the fans who willed this to happen.” Her genre-spanning discography, artistic reinventions and songwriting have received critical praise and wide media coverage.
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