Swift to receive Hal David Starlight Award
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Swift to receive Hal David Starlight Award

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 – Taylor Swift will be the recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award, to be presented at the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards dinner on Thursday June 17 in New York.

"Taylor Swift is one of the brightest musical talents to emerge in recent years, and represents the true epitome of the Starlight Award," said David. "She possesses an undeniable talent as a songwriter, expressive singer and performer, and we are proud to present her with this well-deserved honor."

The Hal David Starlight Award, created in 2004, was renamed in honor of the Songwriters Hall of Fame chairman for his longtime support of young songwriters. Award recipients are gifted songwriters who are at an apex in their careers and are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs. Swift joins the company of Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, John Legend, John Rzeznik and Jason Mraz, past recipients of the Hal David Starlight Award.

Inductees at this year's event include Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel and Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay. The prestigious Johnny Mercer Award will be presented to Phil Collins and the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award will be presented to Phil Ramone.


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