Taylor Swift Wins NSAI Songwriter-Artist of the Decade Award E! News UK
Taylor Swift received the Songwriter of the Decade award from the Nashville Songwriters Association International at a ceremony on Tuesday night (20.09.22).
The 32-year-old singer took to the stage at the Nashville Songwriter Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to accept the accolade, becoming the first female musician to receive the gong, and delivered a 13-minute acceptance speech.
Taylor – who won NSAI Songwriter of the Year seven times from 2007 to 2015 – told the crowd: “I’m here to receive this wonderful award for a decade of hard work, and I can’t explain how nice it is. .
“Because, from my perspective, it’s an award that celebrates the culmination of moments. Challenges. Gauntlets laid down. Albums I’m proud of. Triumphs. Strokes of luck or misfortune. Mistakes noisy and embarrassing and the subsequent recovery from those mistakes and the lessons learned from it all.
“This award celebrates my family, my co-authors and my team.
“My fiercest friends and fans and my toughest detractors and everyone who has come into my life or left it.
“Because as far as my writing and my life are concerned, they are one.”
The “Love Story” singer also revealed for the first time that she breaks down her lyrics into genre categories, “quill”, “fountain pen” and “glitter gel”.
She said: “I’ve never talked about it publicly before, because, well, it’s silly. But I’ve also, in my mind, secretly, established genre categories for the lyrics that I write. Three of them, to be exact, are affectionately titled Quill Lyrics, Fountain Pen Lyrics and Glitter Gel Pen Lyrics.
“I know it sounds confusing, but I’ll try to explain. I created these categories based on the writing implement I imagine I had in my hand when I figuratively doodled it. I don’t really have a feather anymore. I broke it once when I was angry.
“I categorize some of my songs as ‘Quill’ if the words and phrases are outdated, if I was inspired to write it after reading Charlotte Brontë or after watching a movie where everyone is wearing shirts and poet corsets. If my words sound like a letter written by Emily Dickinson’s great-grandmother while sewing a lace curtain, I’m the one writing in the Quill genre.”
The star concluded her speech by admitting that being honored by the NSAI “means more than any kind of my words could ever say.”
She then performed a 10-minute version of her hit song “All Too Well” at the ceremony, where artists like Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town and Luke Combs all took the stage.
Taylor is due to release her 10th studio album, “Midnights,” on October 21.
In 2019, the star – who has won 11 Grammy Awards – was named Billboard’s first-ever Woman of the Decade.