Taylor Swift Accepts NMPA Songwriter Icon Award, Thanks Her Songwriting ‘Teachers’ in Speech

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Taylor Swift was presented with the 2021 National Music Publishers’ Association’s Songwriter Icon Award at the organization’s annual meeting Wednesday (June 9), and she used her acceptance speech to thank the many collaborators who have helped her along the way.

“I want to take a moment to thank the people who were my professors, my teachers, of the craft of songwriting,” said Swift, appearing remotely at the virtual event after being introduced by NMPA president and CEO David Israelite. “First of all, anyone who wrote with me in Nashville when I was in like eighth or ninth grade, that is insane that you did that. I am so lucky that I got to learn from some of the best writers on Music Row.”

To start, Swift paid tribute to Liz Rose, who co-wrote several tracks on Swift’s 2006 self-titled debut album, including the singles “Tim McGraw” and “Teardrops on My Guitar,” and contributed songs to follow-ups including The Taylor Swift Holiday collection.

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