Taylor Swift is recognized for her “ immense impact on music around the world and her incredible repertoire ”
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is set to be celebrated at the upcoming Brit Awards, where she will receive the Global Icon Award at this year’s ceremony.
According to Billboard, the American singer will become the first female artist and the first non-English artist to receive this honor, which the British call the highest distinction.
The only previous recipients are Elton John (2014), David Bowie (2016) and Robbie Williams (2017).
The Global Icon Award is given “in recognition of his immense impact on music around the world and his incredible repertoire and achievements to date”.
Read the announcement here
We are delighted to announce that @ taylorswift13 will receive the BRITs Global Icon Award this year !! 🎉
– BRIT Prize (@BRITs) May 10, 2021
Swift, 31, is also nominated in the International Female Solo Artist category, an award she won in 2015. Interestingly, the other four nominees are her compatriots – Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Cardi B and Miley Cyrus.
JHUS, Jessie Ware and Lipa compete for the best album, while Biffy Clyro and The 1975 will compete in the category of best British group.
The show will also include performances by The Weeknd, Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, Griff, Headie One and Rag”n”Bone Man & Pink with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Choir.
Comedian-actor Jack Whitehall is set to host the ceremony for the fourth year in a row. The show will take place at the O2 Arena on Tuesday, with a live audience of around 4,000 people, or about one-fifth of the venue’s capacity.
The Brit Awards were originally scheduled to take place in February, but were postponed following the coronavirus pandemic.
(With contributions from Press Trust of India)