School for Deaf Wins Taylor Swift Concert, Disqualified

But it gets a bunch of other prizes instead

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 2, 2012 9:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – Thanks to an Internet prank dreamed up by 4chan and Reddit, Massachusetts' Horace Mann School for the Deaf actually did win the contest for a Taylor Swift concert on campus. The bad news: The school was disqualified because of the way it received all the votes. The good news: Since the school wouldn't get the $10,000 prize, Swift decided to donate $10,000 of her own—which was matched by the two sponsor companies and two other companies for a total of $50,000.

Plus, VH1's Save the Music program donated $10,000 in instruments to the school. And, though she won't be performing on campus, Swift gave every student a ticket to her next local show. "Are we the winner? Absolutely," the school principal tells the Boston Globe. He had earlier said his students would love to win the contest because they love live music. Hat tip to Gawker.

Taylor Swift performs at iHeart Radio Music Festival on Saturday, Sept., 22, 2012 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Taylor Swift performs at iHeart Radio Music Festival on Saturday, Sept., 22, 2012 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.   (Photo by Eric Reed/Invision/AP)
Taylor Swift accepts the big help award onstage at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles.
Taylor Swift accepts the big help award onstage at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Taylor Swift accepts the award for artist of the year at the 39th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles.
Taylor Swift accepts the award for artist of the year at the 39th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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