Tuesday 19 September 2017

And the 2016 winner of the Taylor Swift Award is... Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift at the BMI Pop Awards in LA, where she received a special award named in her honour. Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Taylor Swift at the BMI Pop Awards in LA, where she received a special award named in her honour. Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

David Mercer

Taylor Swift said her passion for songwriting "interrupted her daily life" as she was recognised with an award named in her honour.

The 26-year-old US superstar collected the Taylor Swift Award at the Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) Pop Awards in Los Angeles, which organisers said honoured her "artistic talent and influence".

Swift's accolade is only the second time in the BMI's 76-year history that the organisation has presented an award in an artist's name. Michael Jackson was the first to achieve the honour in 1990.

Swift was joined by her family as she was presented with the eponymous award and named pop songwriter of the year at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.

She told the audience: "I'm really super-relieved that BMI decided to give me the Taylor Swift Award because if they had chosen someone else to give the Taylor Swift Award to, I'd be kind of bummed about it.

"This night has been unbelievable. My whole family is here. My brother Austin and everyone else.

"Thank you for awarding my favourite part of my life and all the adventures that this career path has brought.

"My favourite part is when I'm in the middle of a conversation with my friends and my eyes glaze over and I awkwardly run over to a corner. I have to explain to them that I have this issue called: 'I love songwriting so much that it interrupts my daily life'," she said.

Irish Independent

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