Taylor Swift [ united-states ]Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed with the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. The release of Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut album in 2006 established her as a country music star. Her third single, “Our Song,” made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number one song on the Hot Country Songs chart. She received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2008 Grammy Awards. As a philanthropist, Taylor supports arts education, children’s literacy, natural disaster relief, LGBT anti-discrimination efforts, and charities for sick children.
Temple Grandin [ united-states ]Mary Temple Grandin (born 1947) is professor of animal science at Colorado State University, a best-selling author, an autistic activist, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. Although Temple was diagnosed with autism in 1949 at the age of two, she was labeled with brain damage and placed early in a structured nursery school. When a doctor suggested speech therapy for Grandin, her mother hired a nanny to assist in the child's development. Temple states that junior and high school were the most unpleasant times of her life due to her poor conversational skills. She was the "nerdy kid" whom everyone ridiculed. At times, while she walked down the hallways, her fellow students would taunt her by saying "tape recorder" because of her habit of repetitive speech. Professor Grandin also invented the "hug box", a device to calm those on the autism spectrum. She is the subject of an award-winning, 2010 biographical film, Temple Grandin, Please check her personal website where she speaks about autism. Some of her "many" books are: The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum; Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior and Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World.
Tina Fey [ united-states ](Elizabeth Stamatina) Tina Fey born May 18, 1970 is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer, known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (1998–2006), the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series 30 Rock (2006–13), and such films as Mean Girls (2004), Baby Mama (2008), Date Night (2010), and Muppets Most Wanted (2014).
Tina Fey has received eight Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Writers Guild of America Awards and has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her autobiographical book Bossypants, which topped the The New York Times Best Seller list for five weeks.
In 2008, the Associated Press gave Tina the AP Entertainer of the Year award for her satirical portrayal of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a guest appearance on SNL.
In 2010, Tina was the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the youngest-ever winner of the award.
Tracy Chapman [ united-states ]Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter, is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist. Tracy began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of eight. Tracy wrote for Elektra in her critically acclaimed, multi-million selling debut album in 1988. The album garnered Chapman six Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year, three of which she won, including Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her single "Fast Car". Since then, Tracy has furthered her success with seven more studio albums, which includes her also multi-million selling fourth album New Beginning, which garnered her a fourth Grammy award, for Best Rock Song, for "Give Me One Reason". Tracy Chapman is widely regarded as a politically and socially active musician. Tracy's interests lies human rights and can be seen lyrically in her music. Songs such as 1988's "Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution" highlight the importance of speaking up against injustice.