And the winner of the inaugural Taylor Swift award is… Taylor Swift!
Tuesday at the 64th annual BMI Pop Awards the singer took home Pop Songwriter of the Year and also won the Taylor Swift award, which was previously announced. The award was a recognition of both her musical influence, and creative and artistic talent.
In her acceptance speech Swift acknowledged that she was happy not to have any bad blood had somebody else won the award named after her. “I’m really super relieved that BMI decided to give me the Taylor Swift award, because if they had chose somebody else to give the Taylor Swift award to I’d be like kind of bummed about it,” the singer joked.
This is only the second time that the awards, which honors songwriters and publishers of the most-performed pop songs of the year, named an award after an artist. Swift joins Michael Jackson in the exclusive club.
“Taylor Swift has transformed pop culture through her songs, artistry and indomitable spirit,” said Barbara Cane, BMI’s Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations said in a statement last month. “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.”
Below you watch part of Swift’s speech that she tweeted out.