Taylor Swift is unstoppable when it comes to winning awards. On Tuesday, the performing rights organization BMI named her country songwriter of the year at the 58th annual edition of their country kudos. She was feted for four of her tunes: “Fifteen,” ”White Horse,” ”You Belong With Me” — all of which she recorded — and “Best Days Of Your Life,” which was sung by Kellie Pickler. At just 20, Swift is the youngest honoree supplanting the achievement of Bill Anderson who was 23 when he took home this prize in 1960. Johnny Cash was 24 when he won in 1956.
With co-writer Liz Rose, Swift also won country song of the year for “You Belong With Me.” Back in May, BMI named her smash hit “Love Story” as pop song of the year. She was also the youngest composer to ever receive that accolade. At Wednesday’s Country Music Association awardsfest, Swift will be defending her titles as reigning entertainer and female vocalist of the year.
Among the other songwriters celebrated for their success were Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush, Zac Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, and Keith Urban. The full list of winners is here.
And Billy Sherrill — who was named country songwriter of the century in 1999 — was made a BMI Icon. That designation is given to those who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Among those serenading him with his songs were Ronnie Dunn (“The Most Beautiful Girl”), Martina McBride (“Til I Can Make It on My Own”); Faith Hill (“Stand By Your Man”); and George Strait (“My Elusive Dreams”).
Photo: Taylor Swift at the 58th Annual BMI Country Music Awards (BMI)