Taylor Swift to Perform at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards (VIDEO)

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Being a natural born performer doesn’t automatically make you a star.

 Taylor Swift, who is performing this Thursday (8/7 c) at the MTV Video Music Awards, found that out at 16 when her demo -- filled with classic country covers -- failed to launch a career in Nashville, Tennessee.

But T-Swift understood that to make it big, you had to work hard and be a true original – so she picked up a guitar and started to write her own music.

Did doing things her own way work out?

Flash forward to 2009, and Swift has the best-selling album of the year and countless well-deserved awards (you heard us, Kanye West).

To learn more about the making of this breakthrough artist, watch this exclusive video, The Evolution of Taylor Swift.

And don’t miss the 2012 Video Music Awards, with performances by Swift, One Direction, Rihanna, P!nk, Alicia Keys, Green Day, and more. The MTV Video Music Awards, hosted by Kevin Hart, will air live Thursday at 8/7 c, only on MTV.

 

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