Billboard Honors BMI’s Alison Smith, Taylor Swift, Brandi Carlile & Others at 2019 Women in Music

Posted in News on December 17, 2019
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BMI was very proud to watch Taylor Swift take the stage at Billboard’s annual Women in Music celebration on Thursday, December 12, at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, to accept the evening’s highest honor, Woman of the Decade Award. Delivering a powerful speech, Swift expressed admiration for women who have impacted the industry and inspired her own path.

BMI singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile was also recognized, claiming the Trailblazer Award, presented to her by fellow BMI writer Maggie Rogers. GRAMMY-nominated Spanish singer/songwriter Rosalia (SGAE) assumed the stage to collect the Rising Star Award, and BMI rapper Megan Thee Stallion accepted the Powerhouse Award before delivering a live rendition of her single, “Cash Sh_T.”

For the fourth time, BMI’s Executive Vice President of Distribution, Publisher Relations and Administration Services, Alison Smith, was honored in recognition of her tireless efforts on behalf of BMI’s songwriters, composers and music publishers, who received record royalties this year. In response to Billboard’s request for advice for women seeking to emulate her success, Smith said, “Love music, respect the creative process, listen and learn all the time, find a mentor or mentors, and trust your instincts,” adding, “Always be kind, respectful and ethical in your dealings with others.”

Congratulations to all the honorees!