Taylor Swift to receive Taylor Swift Award
From the Nobel Prize to the Heisman Trophy, the world’s most prestigious accolades often have namesakes. It was only a matter of time until Taylor Swift became immortalized with an award of her own — but few likely predicted that Swift herself would be the first to receive such an honor.
The BMI Pop Awards announced Monday that at its 64th annual iteration, set for May 10, Taylor Swift will receive the Taylor Swift Award. The famed songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil will receive the BMI Icon Award at the event.
“This evening is a true celebration of music and a tribute to the artistry of songwriting that spans generations as defined by three of the most prolific and influential music creators in the industry: Taylor Swift, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil,” BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill said in a press release.
Swift isn’t a total trailblazer in this area, though. BMI has given an eponymous award once before in 1990 when it bestowed the Michael Jackson Award upon Michael Jackson.
As for awards not named after her, Swift continues to clean up for her work on 2014’s 1989. She took home Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best Tour at Sunday’s iHeartRadio Awards, and won big at the Grammys in February when she walked away with Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Music Video.