Taylor Swift to receive inaugural Taylor Swift Award
Taylor Swift will be presented with the inaugural Taylor Swift Award next month.
The 26-year-old singer is set to receive the second ever named BMI Pop Award, following in the footsteps of Michael Jackson who was presented with his own award in 1990, and will receive her accolade at a ceremony on May 10 in Beverley Hills.
BMI (Broadcast Music Inc - one of three United States performing rights organisations, along with ASCAP and SESAC), said in a statement: "Taylor Swift has transformed pop culture through her songs, artistry and indomitable spirit. 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 honour that is as unique and special as she is."
BMI CEO Mike O'Neill added "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."
Husband and wife team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil will be awarded for their songwriting work.