Broadcast Music, Inc. salutes BMI songwriter Taylor Swift, who was honored as Billboard’s Woman of the Year at the 2014 Women in Music awards ceremony held December 12 in New York City. Swift, who also won the award in 2011, is the first artist ever to be honored twice.
The repeat award is truly a landmark achievement, with the Billboard Woman of the Year crown bestowed upon the female artist who “has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success, leadership and innovation over the past twelve months.” Swift has most assuredly done that once again. Her critically acclaimed fifth album, 1989, is the first platinum record of the year, and is the first album to open with one million first-week sales since her own RED in 2012. Swift’s 2010 album, Speak Now, also achieved this distinction, which makes her the only artist in music history to have three albums hit single week sales of one million. Her hits off 1989 have also broken new ground, making her the first woman on the Billboard charts to succeed herself at the number one spot, when “Blank Space” replaced “Shake It Off” at the top of the chart. Swift is also the best selling digital artist of all time.
For these and all of her accomplishments in the music industry, Swift was also recently given the inaugural Dick Clark Award of Excellence at the 2014 American Music Awards. Congratulations, Taylor, on all of these record-breaking achievements!