Taylor Swift Wins Sixth Nashville Songwriting Award

Taylor Swift Educational Center Will Open Saturday

For the sixth year, Taylor Swift has been named the songwriter/artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). As a result, she has set a new record for performing artists who have received the award.

The honor recognizes the “most prolific and productive Nashville writers who achieved Top 30 singles during the past year.” Swift placed 14 Top 30 songs on the charts from July 2012 to July 2013. The award will be presented Sunday (Oct. 13) in Nashville.

In addition, the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will hold its grand opening Saturday morning. Swift donated $4 million for the museum’s expansion. Swift’s six NSAI Awards will be on display in the foyer of the learning center.

The Taylor Swift Educational Center will encompass parts of two floors and feature three classrooms, a learning lab and a state-of-the-art children’s exhibit gallery. The classroom spaces will be adjacent to a visible design studio. The space will allow students to observe museum curators at work. The children’s gallery, situated on the second floor, will be a dedicated exhibit space for young patrons and will be filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits.

While the classrooms and learning labs will open on Saturday, the museum’s new gallery space is scheduled to open in March 2014.

Also next year, Swift will perform five shows at the O2 Arena in London. After selling out four shows, Swift added a fifth date on Monday (Oct. 7). Those concerts will be held on Feb. 1, 2, 4, 10 and 11.

Craig Shelburne has been writing for CMT.com since 2002. He is also a producer for CMT Edge, Concrete Country and Live @ CMT.