(Clearing More Space on Taylor Swift’s mantelpiece….) Platinum-selling Grammy winner Taylor Swift took home the Country Songwriter of the Year prize at the BMI Awards on Tuesday night, becoming the youngest person to win the coveted award.
Swift, who turns 21 next month, won the songwriter award based on her tracks “Fifteen,” “White Horse,” “You Belong To Me,” and “Best Days Of Your Life,” recorded by Kellie Pickler, according to The Associated Press. Bill Anderson previously was the youngest winner of songwriter of the year, taking the honor in 1960 at 23. Johnny Cash was 24 when he earned the distinction in 1956.
Swift also won country song of the year with co-writer Liz Rose for “You Belong To Me,” becoming the first songwriter to win that award three years in a row.
Taylor’s still riding high from the release of her third album, Speak Now. The disc boasted the biggest opening of any LP since 2005 when it was issued last month.
Taylor received a new guitar as part of her songwriting prize.