Taylor Swift has won the 1st award category at the BMI Pop Awards that was named after her – the Taylor Swift Award.
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.
She also tweeted, “BMI created an award called The Taylor Swift Award because BMI is very very nice.”
Last night BMI gave me an award called the Taylor Swift Award, which was very nice of them. pic.twitter.com/RKH4NrNOG5
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 11, 2016
BMI Pop Awards honours songwriters and publishers of the most-performed pop songs of the year. It keeps track of the songs played on radio and television, and collects royalties on behalf of writers and publishers, BBC noted.
This is only the second time that the awards named an award after an artist. The first was Michael Jackson in 1990.
The Taylor Swift award gives recognition to Swift’s musical influence, creativeness and artistic talent, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Aside from the Taylor Swift Award, the “1989” hitmaker also took home Pop Songwriter of the Year at the 64th annual BMI Pop Awards. Swift had four of the year’s most-performed songs, which earned her the Pop Songwriter of the Year award. Her songs – Bad Blood, Blank Space, Style and Wildest Dreams – are all featured on her chart-topping album, “1989.”
Meanwhile, BMI also honoured Uptown Funk as its Pop Song of the Year. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, the song-writing team behind classic hits including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and “Just Once,” were presented with the BMI Icon Award.
Many other artists were recognised for writing airplay hits, including Jason Derulo (Trumpets), Flo Rida (Somebody), and Rachel Platten (Fight Song).
A number of the night’s winners such as Derulo, Ed Sheeran, and Selena Gomez made guest appearances on Swift’s 1989 World Tour, Entertainment Tonight reported. Gomez failed to attend the awards night.