MARLTON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NARM, the music business association, announces that it will honor multi award-winning Big Machine recording artist Taylor Swift with the Artist of the Year Award. The presentation will take place at the 2010 NARM Convention on Monday, May 17, in Chicago.
This past year, Swift became the youngest singer/songwriter ever to win both the CMA Entertainer of the Year and the Grammy Award for Album of the Year (and the first female solo Country artist ever to win the Grammy honor). The Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music also voted “Fearless” 2009’s Album of the Year. Released in November of 2008, the album reached double-Platinum in just four weeks and became the top-selling album all genres of 2009, as well as the best-selling Country album for both 2008 and 2009. Her career record sales have already topped 13 million.
Swift, who debuted on the NARM stage at a Universal Music showcase in Chicago in 2007, joins the list of musical artists who have gone on to superstardom after performing at NARM, including Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, N’Sync, and Josh Groban, among others.
NARM President Jim Donio says, “We are thrilled to welcome Taylor back to NARM, and we are especially proud to recognize her extraordinary creative and commercial achievements with our Artist of the Year Award. She has made a brilliant and stellar contribution to the music industry in just a few years and we congratulate her on this much-deserved honor.”
Other NARM award recipients for 2010 include Melissa Etheridge, who will accept the association’s Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award; and songwriting team Leiber and Stoller, who will be honored with NARM’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Musical Collaboration
About NARM: NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) advances the promotion, marketing, distribution and sale of music by providing members with diverse meeting and networking opportunities, information and education resources, and advocacy for their common interests. NARM is based in Marlton, New Jersey. www.narm.com.