Taylor Swift has won the Songwriter-Artist of the Decade Award presented to her by the Nashville Songwriters Association International at a ceremony on Tuesday night.
The 32-year-old singer reportedly took to the Nashville Songwriter Awards stage at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to accept the accolade, becoming the first female musician to receive the gong, and delivered a 13-minute acceptance speech.
According to Music News, Taylor – who has won the NSAI’s Songwriter of the Year prize seven times from 2007 to 2015 – told the crowd: “I’m up here receiving this beautiful award for a decade of work, and I can’t possibly explain how nice that feels.
“Because the way I see it, this is an award that celebrates a culmination of moments. Challenges. Gauntlets laid down. Albums I’m proud of. Triumphs. Strokes of luck or misfortune. Loud, embarrassing errors and the subsequent recovery from those mistakes, and the lessons learned from all of it.
“This award celebrates my family and my co-writers and my team.
“My friends and my fiercest fans and my harshest detractors and everyone who entered my life or left it.
“Because when it comes to my songwriting and my life, they are one in the same.”
The “Love Story” hitmaker also revealed for the first time that she breaks her lyrics down into genre categories, “quill”, “fountain pen” and “glitter gel”.