The BMI Pop Awards will have a 'named' award for the second time ever this year
Taylor Swift is to receive the second ever ‘named’ BMI Pop Award in 64 years of the awards, and be presented with the ‘Taylor Swift Award’ this year.
The only previous time the awards show has given a named award was to Michael Jackson in 1990.
“Taylor Swift has transformed pop culture through her songs, artistry and indomitable spirit,” said a BMI press release. “She has had a profound impact, not only musically, but also through her personal conviction and commitment to create a standard that values and respects music for everyone. We felt it appropriate to award Taylor with an honor that is as unique and special as she is.”
BMI CEO Mike O’Neill added “this evening is a true celebration of music and a tribute to the artistry of songwriting that spans generations as defined by three of the most prolific and influential music creators in the industry: Taylor Swift, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.”
Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, a husband and wife team, will be awarded for their songwriting work, which includes work with the likes of Lionel Richie, Hanson and Marianne Faithfull.
The awards take place on May 10 in Beverley Hills, California.
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift has donated £175,000 in support of Kesha. Kesha has ongoing legal issues with former producer Dr Luke over both an alleged sexual assault and her recording contract.
A spokesperson for Swift told Billboard that: “In a show of support, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time.”