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This award highlights Taylor’s influence on pop culture and music industry. Since Michael Jackson’s award in 1990, this is only the second time BMI has given out this prestigious honor to an artist. The ceremony was held on May 10th, at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
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Update: Taylor won several more awards tonight! She also won Songwriter of the Year in recognition of her most-played pop songs from 1989: Bad Blood, Blank Space, Style, and Wildest Dreams.
Taylor Swift added two more honors — the first-ever Taylor Swift Award and Pop Songwriter of the Year — to her crowded shelf of industry accolades at the 64th annual BMI Pop Awards last evening (May 10). Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., the ceremony honored the writers and publishers of the most-performed pop songs during the past year.
Swift’s eponymous award, in recognition of her creative and artistic talent and influence, marked only the second time in BMI’s 76-year history that the organization has presented an award in an artist’s name.
Michael Jackson was the first to achieve that honor in 1990. Swift also claimed four of the year’s most-performed songs to earn pop songwriter of the year kudos. “Bad Blood,” “Blank Space,” “Style” and “Wildest Dreams” are all featured on the artist’s Billboard 200 No. 1 album 1989.
BMI will present Taylor Swift with an award bearing her name in recognition of her incomparable creative and artistic talent and influence on music lovers throughout the world. The first-ever Taylor Swift Award will be given at the 64th annual BMI Pop Awards on Tuesday, May 10, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The event will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Barbara Cane.
This is only the second time in BMI’s 76-year history that the company has presented an award in someone’s name. The first was to Michael Jackson in 1990.
“Taylor Swift has transformed pop culture through her songs, artistry and indomitable spirit,” said Cane. “She has had a profound impact, not only musically, but also through her personal conviction and commitment to create a standard that values and respects music for everyone. We felt it appropriate to award Taylor with an honor that is as unique and special as she is.”
In addition, BMI will honor songwriting visionaries Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil with the BMI Icon Award for their indelible contributions to the craft of songwriting. As one of the world’s most esteemed and celebrated songwriting teams, Mann and Weil’s iconic partnership has spanned decades with nearly every genre of popular music included in their massively successful repertoire.
Vogue’s special issue for the 2016 Met Gala features Taylor. Buy it at newsstands starting Wednesday May 11th!
An exceptionally glittering crowd—from Beyoncé to Alicia Vikander, from Idris Elba to The Weeknd—gathered at the Met to celebrate the Costume Institute’s “Manus x Machina” exhibition in high style.
At the gala to celebrate the Costume Institute’s “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” silver was the new black: Witness cochair Taylor Swift in Vuitton’s rah-rah ruffles, Cindy Crawford in her gleaming Balmain column, or the phalanx of robotic attendants with finger-length silver lashes.
The country star-turned-pop sensation added yet another milestone to her résumé in 2015 — top earner of the year — thanks to her 1989 World Tour, which included cameo appearances by Julia Roberts, Mick Jagger, Joan Baez and… Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade. Swift’s $61.7 million in touring revenue accounted for the lion’s share of her 2015 haul, but Ryan Adams’ stark reinterpretation of her 1989 album also helped make her the top earner of publishing royalties.