Taylor Swift recently received the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s Songwriter-Artist of the Decade award.
Swift received the award on Tuesday, September 20, at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium during the annual Nashville Songwriter Awards. Swift gave a 13-minute acceptance speech in which she discussed her approach to songwriting, re-recording her first six studio albums after dispute with her label and more.
“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,” Swift said when accepting the award, as transcribed by Pitchfork.
She continued, “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 and the same,” Swift added.
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