On June 9, US pop star Taylor Swift is set to receive the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) songwriter icon award. It is much deserved because she has always been a strong presence in the US music scene and she’s also a fierce advocate for music creators’ rights, such as with her outspoken stands against Spotify and Apple Music, when streaming began to take hold in the U.S. around 2010.
The NMPA, which is a trade association for the US music publishing industry, stated that “Her achievements are legendary, 11 Grammy Awards, one of only four artists in history to win three Grammy Album of the Year awards, and 76 NMPA Songwriting Gold & Platinum Awards. Known for her relentless advocacy on behalf of music creators, no one is more influential in writing music today”.
We can definitely give it to her because she worked really hard over the past year and now is the time to receive the acclaim she deserves. She served incredible songwriting on her two 2020 albums, while on the remake of her first album, she made sure all the people involved on the first project were awarded, and she continues to innovate the rulebook when it comes to her career.
The NMPA annual meeting program will also include special tributes from Luke Bryan and Sara Bareilles and rising talent Priscilla Block, the other sections of the program will include a Meet the (Music) Press roundtable and spotlights on industry luminaries.