BMI honored the 1989 singer for her “incomparable creative and artistic talent and influence on music lovers.”
Taylor Swift took home the first ever… Taylor Swift award.
T Swift attended the BMI Pop Awards Tuesday night where she received the prestigious honor that recognized her “incomparable creative and artistic talent and influence on music lovers throughout the world.”
Swift’s boyfriend Calvin Harris recently said she has no plans to release a new studio album anytime soon. The 1989 singer indirectly confirmed our fears when she praised the night’s BMI Icon Award winners, songwriters Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, saying: “I recently have had a lot of time off. I’ve been watching a lot of reality TV,” she said. “Barry and Cynthia’s daughter Jenn is the couples therapist on a show called Couples Therapy that I watch a lot and I was really really excited to meet her.”
The only time BMI has ever created an award for someone other than this was for Michael Jackson back in 1990.
When initial reports first surfaced that BMI would honor Swift with an award named after herself, the overwhelming majority of people assumed it was a ploy to get her to appear at BMI’s event. Their efforts did not go unnoticed.
“I’m really super relieved that BMI decided to give me the Taylor Swift Award,” she said, “because if they would have chosen someone else to give the Taylor Swift Award to I’d be kinda bummed about it.”
Watch her entire acceptance speech here: