The pop superstar will be given the prestigious award at the annual ceremony, which will take place at London’s O2 Arena on Tuesday night.
Announcing the award, the BRITs said in a statement that Swift was being honored for her “immense impact on music across the world and incredible repertoire and achievements to date.”
The music body added: “Taylor’s career is unparalleled and her music and influence has resonated with millions of people all over the world.
“She’s used her platform to highlight many issues globally and recently has been applauded for her work promoting acceptance of the LGBTQ community.”
Swift — also the first non-British recipient of the prize — joins a select group of previous winners: David Bowie, Elton John and Robbie Williams.
CNN has contacted Swift’s representatives for comment.
The Global Icon award is another big moment for the 31-year-old singer-songwriter who has won 11 Grammys, including album of the year three times.
According to the Official Charts Company, Swift recently scored her seventh UK number one album, with a re-recorded version of her second LP, “Fearless.”
The 2021 BRIT Awards show, hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall, will welcome thousands of music fans as part of the UK government’s pilot program for the restarting of live events following the coronavirus lockdown.
Acts including Coldplay, Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa and The Weeknd are expected to take to the stage on the night.
Viewers can watch the show at 3pm ET / 12pm PDT/8pm BST on YouTube.com/BRITs.