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Pop Star Taylor Swift receives Taylor Swift Award

Pop star Taylor Swift has been presented with a prize in her own name at the BMI pop awards in Los Angeles.

The eponymous award recognised the singer’s “artistic talent and influence”.

Swift told the audience: “If they had chosen someone else to give the Taylor Swift Award to, I’d be kind of bummed about it.”

It is only the second time the BMI has created an award in an artist’s name. The first was Michael Jackson in 1990.

The BMI – whose full name is Broadcast Music, Inc – keeps track of the songs played on radio and television, and collects royalties on behalf of writers and publishers.

Now in their 64th year, the BMI awards honour the writers and publishers of the most-performed pop songs during the past 12 months.

Swift had four of the year’s most-performed songs, which earned her the “pop songwriter of the year” prize.

The singles – Bad Blood, Blank Space, Style and Wildest Dreams – all featured on her chart-topping album, 1989.

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