You may have heard that Taylor Swift scooped up the first-ever Taylor Swift Award earlier this week at the 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards. But in case you missed her funny-ironic-heartfelt speech, it’s right here for your viewing pleasure.
Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, Swift expressed extreme relief after winning the award in her namesake: “If they had chosen somebody else to give the Taylor Swift Award to I’d be, like, kind of bummed about it,” she joked.
Meant to honor the 26-year-old pop star’s career achievements, the award marks only the second time in BMI’s 76-year history to hand out a statuette in an artist’s name. The first was to Michael Jackson in 1990.
Songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil — who Swift called out in her speech, along with attendee, singer songwriter Carole King — won the BMI Icon Award this year.
The BMI Pop Song of the Year went to Jeff Bhasker, Devon Gallaspy, Trinidad James, Mark Ronson, Lonnie Simmons, Rudy Taylor, Charlie Wilson, Robert Wilson and Ronnie Wilson for their Grammy-winning hit “Uptown Funk.”