Taylor Swift became the youngest person ever to win the BMI country songwriter of the year crown and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville earned its ninth consecutive BMI country publisher of the year title on Tuesday night at the 58th annual BMI Country Awards.

“You Belong With Me” also earned Swift her third consecutive BMI country song of the year win, making her the only songwriter ever to win the award three years in a row. The song is published by Sony/ATV Tree, Taylor Swift Music, Orbison Music and Wagnerville Music, and was co-written with frequent collaborator Liz Rose.

Billy Sherrill was named a BMI Icon. Sherrill has received more BMI country awards than any other songwriter in history and was named BMI country songwriter of the 20th century in 1999. As a BMI Icon, he joins a list of past honorees that includes Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Brian Wilson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and James Brown.

An all-star tribute paid homage to Sherrill. Ronnie Dunn performed “The Most Beautiful Girl,” Martina McBride delivered “ ’Til I Can Make It on My Own,” Faith Hill contributed “Stand by Your Man,” and George Strait offered “My Elusive Dreams.”

The BMI country awards honor songwriters and publishers behind country’s most-performed songs of the past year. The ceremony was held in the company’s Music Row offices. BMI president/CEO Del Bryant hosted the gala with Jody Williams, VP of writer/publisher relations, Nashville.

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