Taylor Swift was honored with the National Music Publishers Association’s Songwriter Icon Award during the trade organization’s annual membership meeting on Wednesday (June 9), which was held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic.

In presenting the award, NMPA president/CEO David Israelite spoke not only of her achievements as a songwriter and artist, but also of her work as an advocate for creators, particularly noting that she had pulled her music from Spotify for three years in a successful effort to improve its royalty payments, and also for speaking out against Apple Music’s policies regarding royalties on trial subscriptions — which were reversed the day after she spoke.

After Swift’s speech, which follows in full below, Sara Bareilles performed Swift’s song 2014 song “Clean,” and told a touching story about how she had joined Swift onstage at a stadium concert, only to sing off-key because she couldn’t hear herself in her ear monitors due to the loudly screaming fans. She spoke of Swift coming to console her as she sat, crushed, in her hotel room, and thanked her graciously for her kindness.

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