John Mayer Presents Taylor Swift With Major Songwriting Award

John Mayer presented Taylor Swift the Hal David Starlight Award during Thursday night’s (June 17) Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York City. The award pays tributes to promising young songwriters. “You could put her in a time machine in any era and she would have a hit record,” said Mayer. Commenting on her immense success, he added, “Don’t confuse everybody loving one thing as hype. Sometimes that’s everyone agreeing that it’s fabulous.” Swift, who performed “White Horse” during the ceremony, provided vocals to “Half of My Heart,” a track on Mayer’s Battle Studies album. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees included Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster and the late Bob Marley and Laura Nyro. View photos from the event.