When 2016 started, Taylor Swift was arguably at an all-time career high. She had just wrapped the EPIC 1989 world tour, and, after treating the entire tour crew to an Australian vacation as a thank you, she was enjoying some much-deserved downtime.

When she wasn鈥檛 completely vegging out at home with her beloved cats, she was enjoying dinners out with her then-boo Calvin Harris (or at least attempting to鈥), and rumors about a potential engagement were heating up.

Awesome dinner with mom and dad馃嵈

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In February, when Kanye West released The Life of Pablo, the lyrics to the song 鈥淔amous鈥 caused a ton of controversy. 鈥淚 feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that b***h famous,鈥 he rapped, while Taylor remained quiet on the matter as her ever-strong squad rushed to聽have her back. Kanye (and Kim Kardashian) always maintained that Taylor had given 鈥榊e her blessing to use the lyrics.

Then, a few days later at the Grammys, Taylor used her Album of the Year acceptance speech to not only point out that she was the first woman to ever win two Album of the Year Grammys, but to not-so-subtly fire back at Kanye.

鈥淚 want to say to the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,鈥 she said, immediately inspiring even the likes of Reese Witherspoon to jump to their feet (er, tweets) in praise. 鈥淏ut if you just focus on the work and you don鈥檛 let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you鈥檙e going, you will look around and you will know it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.鈥

Tay was on fire, despite her not performing or releasing any new music. Everyone was obsessed with her and Calvin鈥檚 adorable relationship, watching them happily celebrate their one-year anniversary and party at Coachella. Her edgy new bleached locks turned heads on her Vogue cover and at the Met Gala. And she was obviously the best bridesmaid ever at her childhood BFF鈥檚 wedding.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Taylor and Calvin broke up, and yikes, did it get messy at times. Then seemingly out of nowhere AGAIN, just a few weeks after the breakup, Taylor was dating Tom Hiddleston. This only reignited the narrative that Taylor cycled through relationships for publicity as they suited different arcs in her career. Hiddleswift were suddenly EVERYWHERE in the media (guilty!); conspiracy theories for this strange new relationship started to fly. It seemed contrived, and TBH, people were getting a little bit tired of all Taylor, all the time. The tides were turning, and fast.

And this is when it all unravelled. One of the conspiracies about #Hiddleswift was that the relationship was a distraction for something Taylor knew was coming and wanted to sweep under the carpet: #ReceiptGate.

In mid-July, Kim Kardashian used her Snapchat to release part of the phone call between Taylor and Kanye where they discussed the 鈥淔amous鈥 lyrics. Taylor said that while she and Kanye had discussed the song, she actually hadn鈥檛 agreed to letting Kanye call her a b***h. She released a statement asking to be 鈥渆xcluded from this narrative,鈥 and then she sort of just鈥 disappeared.

While most of Taylor鈥檚 loyal squad stood by her, even one of her BFFs, Selena Gomez, remained strangely quiet and seemingly confused about the whole thing. Tom and Taylor slinked out of the public eye and were soon officially over. And so, it seemed, was the world鈥檚 love affair with T Swift.

Since then, she has only occasionally taken to social media to wish some of her besties happy birthdays, spend low-key time with them or make rare public appearances to support them at events.

Slowly, through months out of the spotlight, it seems like Tay has been inching back to being on the world鈥檚 good side. She鈥檚 been dropping hints that a return to her country roots could be on the way, and although the jury is out over how adopting a hip-hop sound would fare, a collaboration with Drake definitely has people intrigued.

Is that velvet? 馃尯

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Earlier this month, Taylor released her first new music in over two years. Teaming up with Zayn, the two did a duet for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, and while the initial reaction was among the 鈥no one asked for this!鈥 variety, the song immediately went to #1 on iTunes, meaning that as long as Taylor sticks to the music, the people will listen.

Do you think Taylor will make a comeback in 2017? Let us know @BritandCo!

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Editor鈥檚 note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Taylor Swift changed her story about discussing the 鈥淔amous鈥 lyrics with Kanye West. Swift鈥檚 publicist released a statement to Billboard magazine on the day of West鈥檚 song release that read: 鈥淜anye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single 鈥楩amous鈥 on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, 鈥淚 made that bitch famous.鈥欌