Taylor Swift Named Youngest Songwriter of the Year

Taylor Swift further cemented her place amongst songwriters and country musicians by winning big at the 58th Annual BMI Awards Tuesday night in Nashville. At 20, she is now the youngest person to grab the top honor for country songwriting. In addition, Swift is the only songwriter to win country song of the year three times in a row, this time for “You Belong With Me.”

“It’s been a really emotional week for me,” Swift told the star-studded audience.

The songwriting honor was awarded based off the strength of her tunes “You Belong With Me,” “Fifteen,” “Best Days of Your Life,” and “White Horse.”  

Before Swift, the youngest winner of the award was 23-year-old Bill Anderson in 1960. Johnny Cash won in 1956 at the prime age of 24.

Her newest album Speak Now swiftly sold one million copies and debuted at #1 to make it the biggest music launch since 2008. In only two weeks, it is already the fifth bestselling album in 2010.

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