Taylor Swift has another major award to add to their ever-growing collection.
On Tuesday, the star received the World Icon Award at the BRIT Awards.
The ‘cardigan’ singer, 31, will receive the award in front of an audience of 4,000 as part of a test back to mass events in the coronavirus era.
Britain’s main music awards ceremony is being used as a pilot event by the government ahead of the expected full easing of coronavirus restrictions this summer.
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Swift will be the first woman to win the award and, according to People magazine, the youngest and first non-English artist to win the award at home.
Past award winners include Elton John and David Bowie.
Swift, who is also nominated in the International Female Solo Artist category, is the best-selling artist in the UK so far in 2021 following the release of her re-recorded album “Fearless”.
“I want to thank the BRITs or whoever has decided that I will be worthy of this incredible honor,” the singer said in her acceptance speech. “I’m really, really proud to be a part of this music community, especially in a year when we all needed music so badly.”
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She continued, “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you have to look around every day and take note of the people who have always believed in you and never stop appreciating them for it. , never take them for granted. “
Like many awards programs, BRITs have been criticized recently for their lack of diversity in those recognized.
In 2017, the academy of more than 1,000 music industry professionals who chooses the winners was expanded to make it more balanced and diverse.
Nonetheless, last year the show was criticized for not recognizing women, with no female performers on the list of finalists for Album of the Year. This year, this category includes four female artists: Arlo Parks, Celeste, Dua Lipa and Jessie Ware. J Hus is the only nominated male artist.
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The show will be part of the government’s events research program, which recently saw crowds returning to soccer games, an outdoor concert and a nightclub.
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Participants will also be tested and tracked after the event as part of the research.
Participants will not be socially left behind or wear face masks, but they will have had to provide a negative COVID-19 test before the show.
The Associated Press contributed to this report