Although Taylor Swift was inducted the Songwriters Hall of Fame, she was presented with the Hal David Starlight Award, which honors up-in-coming songwriters. Friend, John Mayer presented the award to the mega-pop singer/songwriter.
“She’s no accident,” he said. “You could put her in a time machine in any era and she would have a hit record. Don’t confuse everybody loving one thing as hype. Sometimes that’s everyone agreeing that it’s fabulous.”
Inductees included: Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel, and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay
Special Award Recipients: Phil Collins, Keith Mardak, Phil Ramone, Paul Simon, Taylor Swift
Presenters|Performers: Kim Carnes, Peter Cetera, Charice, Judy Collins, Hal David, Bruce Hornsby, Billy Joel, Diana Krall, kd Lang, John Mayer, Brian Stokes Mitchell, LA Reid, Raphael Saadiq, Paul Shaffer, Dionne Warwick, Elizabeth Withers, Nikki Yanofsky