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Taylor Swift was presented with an award by John Mayer

Taylor Swift was presented with an award by John Mayer

Taylor Swift was presented with an award by John Mayer

Taylor Swift was presented with a songwriting award by John Mayer, who described her as "fantastic".

The 20-year-old Grammy winner was given the Hal David Starlight Award, which pays tribute to young songwriters with promise, at the Songwriters Hall of Fame event.

John said: "You could put her in a time machine in any era and she would have a hit record. Don't confuse everybody loving one thing as hype. Sometimes that's everyone agreeing that it's fabulous."

Leonard Cohen was also honoured at the event, and received a standing ovation when he accepted an award for his song Hallelujah.

Quoting the song, he said: "I'll stand before the lord of song with nothing on my tongue but hallelujah."

Bridge Over Troubled Water was given the Towering Song Award, while Phil Collins, a previous inductee, was honoured with the Johnny Mercer Award.

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