Taylor Swift Makes History At The BMI Country Awards
November 10, 2010 at 8:52 AM (PT)
BIG MACHINE star TAYLOR SWIFT, SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING and legendary songwriter BILLY SHERRILL were among the honorees last night (11/9) at the BMI COUNTRY AWARDS in NASHVILLE.
SWIFT became the first-ever songwriter to win three consecutive BMI “Country Song of the Year” awards (this year for “You Belong With Me,” last year with “Love Story,” and “Teardrops On My Guitar” in 2008). This marked TAYLOR’s second BMI "Top Song" win this year – in MAY, she won "Pop Song of the Year" for “Love Story.”
At age 20 she’s also the youngest person to ever win the BMI “Country Songwriter of the Year” award. She is followed by BILL ANDERSON, who won the award in 1960 at age 23, and JOHNNY CASH, who was 24 when he won in 1956.
SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING won its ninth consecutive BMI “Country Publisher of the Year” award. Some of their hits in the past year have included “You Belong With Me,” “Fifteen,” “I Run To You,” “People Are Crazy” and “White Liar.”
SHERRILL was recognized as this year’s “BMI Icon” and he has received more BMI COUNTRY AWARDS than any other songwriter in history. RONNIE DUNN, MARTINA McBRIDE, FAITH HILL and GEORGE STRAIT took the stage to perform some of the biggest hits co-written by SHERRILL, such as “The Most Beautiful Girl,” “’Til I Can Make It On My Own,” “Stand By Your Man” and “My Elusive Dreams.”
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