Wednesday 29 March 2017

Swift named songwriter of the year

Taylor Swift has set a new songwriting record
Taylor Swift has set a new songwriting record

Taylor Swift has been named country songwriter of the year at the BMI Awards.

The 20-year-old became the youngest person to win the award on Tuesday night.

The pop sensation also won country song of the year with co-writer Liz Rose for You Belong With Me, making her the first songwriter to win that award three years in a row.

"It's been a really emotional week for me," Taylor told the crowd.

Taylor, whose new album, Speak Now, had the biggest opening of any record since 2005, attended the funeral of a close friend on Monday and paid tribute to him, saying: "He was 21, and I used to play my songs for him first".

Bill Anderson was previously the youngest songwriter of the year winner, taking the honour in 1960 at 23. Johnny Cash won in 1956 at the age of 24. Earlier this year, Taylor became the youngest winner of the performing rights organisation's pop song of the year award.

Taylor won the songwriter award based on her own recordings of Fifteen, White Horse, You Belong With Me and Best Days Of Your Life, recorded by Kellie Pickler.

Country songwriter of the year is one of the few awards the pop star had yet to win. She's the Country Music Association's reigning entertainer of the year.

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