Taylor Swift Handed Songwriter Nod at BMI Country Awards
Taylor Swift became the youngest ever winner of the coveted Songwriter of the Year prize at the BMI Country Awards on Tuesday, November 9 night. The 20-year-old singer/songwriter was the toast of the awards show, which celebrates the most played songs on U.S. radio and television, and took the night's top prize, making her the youngest artist ever to land the coveted trophy.
The record was previously held by Bill Anderson, who won the honor in 1960 at the age of 23, and Johnny Cash, who won in 1956 when he was 24 years old. Swift also scored her third consecutive BMI Country Song of the Year title for her hit track "You Belong With Me", making her the first songwriter to win the prize three years in a row.
The "Love Story" hitmaker took to the stage and paid tribute to a close friend, whose funeral she attended just 24 hours earlier, telling the crowd, "It's been a really emotional week."
Billy Sherill was named BMI icon at the ceremony and a host of country stars including Ronnie Dunn, George Strait, Martina McBride and Faith Hill paid tribute to the record producer.
Other songwriters honored at the ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee included Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Sugarland's Kristian Bush and Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum.
More Taylor Swift News
- Find Out What Ji Chang Wook Wants to Achieve Before Military Enlistment
- Backstreet Boys to Reunite With Florida Georgia Line for 'CMT Crossroads'
- Justin Bieber: Out-of-Work Crew Are Not My Responsibility
- Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth Are on the Verge of Divorce
- Does Kim Know? Kanye West Caught Leaving Studio With Nearly Naked Woman
- Six Shortest Celebrity Marriages
- Dating for Nine Months, Drew Barrymore Is Set to Wed for the Fourth Time
- So Cool! Watch Lee Joon Gi Do His Own Dangerous Stunt for 'Criminal Minds'