Taylor Swift will address NYU graduates at the institution’s 189th Commencement Exercise for the Class of 2022, Wednesday, May 18.
Taylor Swift will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, from New York University, after she addresses graduates at the institution’s 189th Commencement Exercise for the Class of 2022, Wednesday, May 18, at Yankee Stadium.
In a press release announcing the honour, New York University wrote:
“An 11-time Grammy winner, Ms. Swift is one of the most prolific and celebrated artists of her generation. She is the only female artist in history to win the music industry’s highest honour, the Grammy Award for 'Album of the Year,' three times. Her many awards and distinctions include being the most awarded artist ever in American Music Awards’ history along with being named Artist of the Decade; winner of the BRIT Awards 'International Female Solo Artist of the Year' in 2015 and the 'Global Icon Award' in 2021; and Billboard’s first-ever and only two-time winner of the 'Woman of the Decade' Award. She is the only solo artist this century to have three albums reach No. 1 in one year.”
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Earlier this year, NYU revealed Rolling Stone staff writer, Brittany Spanos would helm a Swift-centric course at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute directed at teaching an understanding of how the musician created a durable presence in the fast-moving musical landscape.
“To me, the class was a no-brainer when Brittany first suggested it,” the chair of the Clive Davis Institute, Jason King told Variety. “She’s a Taylor fan but also understands how to contextualize her culturally and get students to think more deeply about her and her music through the lens of gender, feminism, race, class, and other categories related to identity, and that deeper thinking is what this program is all about. She’s also an NYU alum and a former student of mine and I’ve watched her rise as a journalist and as a person and I’m so excited to bring her in.”
Spanos added, “Teaching a course at Clive Davis has been a dream of mine since I attended NYU. I took several of the Topics in Recorded Music courses in the program while an undergrad and they were foundational to my work as a music journalist. I’ve been covering Taylor Swift since I began my writing career a decade ago and have been a super fan of hers for even longer. It’s such an honour to be able to share my Swiftie expertise with a sharp group of students. I hope to help them rethink how to engage with one of the things world’s biggest and sometimes divisive stars, in the same way Clive professors like Jason King, Vivien Goldman and Joe Levy did for me when I took their courses.”
The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music began in 2003. The school caters to students who dream of becoming music producers, record label company CEOs, and songwriters, among other music professions. Additional course offerings include ones that focus on Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Mercury, and many more iconic artists with Swift now making the list.
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