TAYLOR SWIFT MAKES HISTORY WITH BMI
POP SONG OF THE YEAR AWARD
TAYLOR NAMED ARTIST OF THE YEAR BY NARM (NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RECORDING MERCHANDISERS)
TAYLOR SWIFT ARTIFACTS AND MULTI-MEDIA EXHIBIT NOW ON DISPLAY AT COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Nashville, TN – May 19, 2010 – Taylor Swift won top honors at last night’s BMI Pop Awards in Los Angeles, taking home the prestigious Song of the Year award for her multi-genre international #1 smash “Love Story.”
20-year old Taylor is the youngest songwriter in history to win this honor, and the first country winner in more than a decade. The most recent country songwriters honored with this award were Stephanie Bentley for “Breathe” in 2000, Shania Twain for “You’re Still The One” in 1998, and Dolly Parton in 1993 for “I Will Always Love You.”
“Love Story,” which Taylor wrote by herself, was honored for receiving more radio airplay in the past year than any other pop song. “Love Story” earned BMI’s Country Song of the Year honors in 2009, and Taylor also won BMI’s Country Song of the Year in 2008, for “Teardrops On My Guitar.” That year she became the youngest songwriter in any genre to win the honor, and Taylor is the first female songwriter in history to win back-to-back BMI Song of the Year awards, in any genre.
“Love Story,” from Taylor’s 6x-Platinum FEARLESS album, topped Billboard’s Country, Pop and A/C charts in the US, and became a global sensation, reaching #1 in countries including the UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. “Love Story” is also the most downloaded country single in US history.
Also this week, Taylor was in Chicago to accept the Artist of the Year award from the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM). The award recognized Taylor’s “extraordinary creative and commercial achievements” and her “brilliant and stellar contribution to the music industry in just a few years.”
The Country Music Hall of Fame unveiled their update to the Sing Me Back Home exhibition last week, and Taylor has made several contributions to the new gallery. Now on display is her first Taylor guitar (a custom-made K-65-CE model twelve-string), and the Reem Acra gown she wore to the 2009 Country Music Association Awards, where she took home four awards, including Entertainer of The Year. Her Entertainer of the Year Award statue is also included in the exhibit. In addition, Taylor is featured in her own one-of-a-kind multimedia display in the Sing Me Back Home narrative…. Entitled Taylor Swift: I’m Only Me, the mini-exhibit focuses on Taylor’s innovative use of social networking to communicate directly with her fans and features her own Apple ibook G4 laptop computer.
Taylor takes her FEARLESS tour back on the road tomorrow, playing sold out shows this week in Ottawa and Toronto. For updated tour information, please log onto: www.taylorswift.com.
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