BMI Pop Awards: Taylor Swift receives Taylor Swift award

  • PTI, Los Angeles
  • Updated: May 12, 2016 17:55 IST
Taylor Swift accepts the Taylor Swift award at the 64th annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in California, US. (AP)

Popular singer Taylor Swift has been presented with the inaugural trophy named after her at the BMI Pop Awards in Los Angeles. Other than Taylor, only the legendary Michael Jackson has received such an honour. The Taylor Swift Award represents only the second time that the BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc, which tracks airplay and collects royalties for artists) has created an award in a specific artist’s name, having done so way back in 1990 for Michael Jackson.

The eponymous award recognises Swift’s “artistic talent and influence” reported Billboard magazine.

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Accepting the award at the ceremony, the 26-year-old singer said: “If they had chosen someone else to give the Taylor Swift Award to, I’d be kind of bummed about it.”

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She also said that becoming a globe-conquering star with her fifth album 1989, which made her famous worldwide after a number of nationally successful albums, had not dulled her appetite for creating more music, confessing that she often feels compelled to write songs at any time of day.

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“My favourite part is when I’m in the middle of a conversation with my friends and my eyes glaze over and I awkwardly run over to a corner,” she continued in another speech as she accepted another award - Pop Songwriter of the Year.

“I have to explain to them that I have this issue called: ‘I love song-writing so much that it interrupts my daily life’.”

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