Taylor Swift receives ‘Songwriter-Artist of the Decade’

The award ceremony took place Tuesday night at the Ryman Auditorium.
Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 6:08 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - The Nashville Songwriters Association International awarded Taylor Swift the ‘Songwriter-Artist of the Decade’ honors on Tuesday night.

In addition to Swift, Ashley Gorley received ‘Songwriter of the Decade.’

Their achievements were announced at the Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday night.

Twenty performers took the stage including Jordan Davis, Little Big Town, Luke Combs, Parmalee and Alana Springsteen.

The long list of performers included:

  • Pat Alger
  • Tony Arata
  • Babyface
  • Kent Blazy
  • Jacob Davis
  • Gayle
  • Hardy
  • Walker Hayes
  • Josh Jenkins
  • Matt Jenkins
  • Matt McGinn
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Matt Rogers
  • Jenn Schott
  • Nathan Spicer
  • Matthew West

The decade award winners were determined by their cumulative songwriting success between 2010 and 2019, where points were given by calculating the percentage of songwriting credits in a Nashville-associated song and tracking each song’s performance on a week-to-week basis in the following top 20 charts:

  • Billboard Country Airplay Chart
  • Billboard Pop Songs Chart
  • Billboard Christian Airplay Chart
  • Billboard Rock Airplay Chart

For the ‘Songwriter-Artist of the Decade’ award, there was an additional requirement that they must be a recording artist as well as a credited songwriter of the song for points to count.

In addition to celebrating the aforementioned decade winners, the evening also honored the 2022 song, songwriter, and songwriter-artist of the year, as well as previously announced recipients, Garth Brooks (Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award) and Sony Music Publishing Chairman & CEO, Jon Platt (NSAI President’s Keystone Award).