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Taylor Swift basks in adoration at Tampa concert

BY RICK BENNETT Tribune correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: April 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM

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More princess and loyal subjects than mere singer and fans, Taylor Swift opened her sold-out Tampa show with “State of Grace,” strutting the catwalk with band in tow before encouraging the audience to show their “crazy” emotions, which they did at earsplitting volume.

Taylor is no longer the shy country singer hiding behind her guitar.

She’s out front and loving it.

Swift, 23, played the Forum on Saturday, showcasing her latest smash album, “Red,” where she explores a multitude of emotions, especially heartbreak, prompted by past failed relationships.

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran opened the evening by showing a bunch of American kids that an artist doesn’t need to spend hours on hair and makeup to bring an audience to their feet, so long as he spends hours perfecting his guitar skills.

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