Before I say the actual news I am here to tell you, I just wanted to remind you that Taylor is up for 2 Kids Choice Awards: Favorite Female Singer against Miley, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga; and Favorite song with You Belong With Me against Party in the USA, I Gotta Feeling, and Paparazzi; so please go to the Kids Choice Awards page and vote for her. You can vote every day until it airs on March 27, 8pm, so go and vote right now!
OK so back to work, NARM, the music business association, said that it will "honor Taylor Swift, Big Machine Records, with our Artist of the Year Award during the Awards Dinner Finale at the 2010 Convention (NARM)" Taylor had played in 2007 on the NARM stage in the UMGD Production Presentation in Chicago. She might join the list of artists who really become stars after appearing on the show, "including Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, N’Sync, and Josh Groban, among others (BussinessWire)."
In 2009, she became the youngest singer to even win both the Entertainer of the year CMA award and the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. In fact, she was the first female solo Country singer to win that award. As we already know, Taylor's "2009 release, “Fearless,” reached double-Platinum in just four weeks and was also voted 2009’s Album of the Year by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. She is the top-selling digital artist in music history and had the number one best-selling album in any genre of music in 2009. “Fearless” was also the best-selling country album for both 2008 and 2009. (NARM)"
The presentation of Taylor's new award will be on Monday, May 17 in Chicago at the 2010 NARM Convention. The NARM President, Jim Donio, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Taylor back to NARM, and we are especially proud to recognize her extraordinary creative and commercial achievements with our Artist of the Year Award. She has made a brilliant and stellar contribution to the music industry in just a few years and we congratulate her on this much-deserved honor.”
Other artists who will be honored in this special occasion will be Melissa Eheridge and songwriting team Leiber and Stroller, with different awards.
In case you want to know:
About NARM: NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) advances the promotion, marketing, distribution and sale of music by providing members with diverse meeting and networking opportunities, information and education resources, and advocacy for their common interests. NARM is based in Marlton, New Jersey. www.narm.com.
Congrats Taylor! And again, don't forget to vote in the Kids Choice Awards! Time goes by fast!