24th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards

Over 700 music and entertainment luminaries gathered in Los Angeles, CA to celebrate some of today's most popular music as awards were presented to the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2007 R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap, Reggae and Gospel charts. 

About ASCAP : ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 240,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members.  ASCAP also represents the repertories created by the international affiliates of 70 foreign performing rights organizations. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. 


Joe King and Isaac Slade of The Fray


ASCAP honored the songwriters and publishers of the most performed pop songs at its 24th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards celebration at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Hosted by ASCAP President & Chairman Marilyn Bergman, over 700 leading songwriters, recording artists and music industry leaders gathered at the creative black tie gala to salute the songwriters behind some of today's most popular music as awards were presented to the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs of 2004.


The Founders Award is one of the most prestigious honors given by ASCAP.  Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of songwriting genius, which will enrich generations to come.  Past recipients include Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Waits, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young, among others.


Todd Brabec, Pop Songwriters of the Year Jermaine Dupri and Johntá Austin and ASCAP's Jeanie Weems


EMI Music Publishing was named Publisher of the Year for their 17 award-winning songs:  "1985," "Behind These Hazel Eyes," "Caught Up," "Don't Phunk With My Heart," "Karma," "Let Me Hold You," "Let Me Love You," "Lonely No More," "Lose My Breath," "My Boo," "My Place (Come On Over)," "On The Way Down," "Shake It Off," "True," "Turn Me On," "We Belong Together," and "Yeah."  ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento presented the award to EMI Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier.  This is the fourth consecutive win for EMI and the twelfth time in the 23-year history of the awards show that they have received this honor.

Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler of The All-American Rejects were honored with ASCAP's Vanguard Award

One of my favorite parts is the opportunity to listen to some of the best songwriters in Nashville do acoustic performances of their music. In some cases, the person who wrote it also made it a hit on the airwaves.
In other cases, the song was picked up by an artist and turned into a hit. The ASCAP session gave 90 minutes of incredible music and several laughs. How these sessions work is that there is a host who introduces the others and does most of the MC work. Everyone is seated on stools with a guitar and they perform their music round robin style in an intimate, acoustic setting.
Todd Brabec, ASCAP Executive VP/Director of Membership and Tom Whalley, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records joined Marilyn Bergman to present the ASCAP Creative Voice Award to Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.  The award is given to an ASCAP member or group whose significant career achievements are equally informed by their creative spirit and by their contributions to the role that a creator can play in their community.  It was presented for the first time, in 2004, to Metallica.


Nick Lachey received an ASCAP Pop Award for "What's Left of Me"

To round off the talent onstage, Nashville songwriting powerhouse Craig Wiseman lent his talents. Craig was by far the quietest of the bunch, but his talents are some of the most sought by artists looking for material. He kicked off his turn with a Kenny Chesney recorded hit, "Summertime." The next song he shared was one that Brooks & Dunn chose to record. "Believe" won numerous awards and had an amazing impact on the listening audience. He closed his session with the Tim McGraw megahit, "Live Like You Were Dying."
Joseph Arthur, who picked up the 2006 ASCAP College Vanguard Award, moved the audience with a wonderful performance of his song "In the Sun."  The award recognizes the impact of new and developing musical genres that help shape the future of American music and which gain early popularity on college radio.  The award to Arthur also paid tribute to his song "In the Sun" and his generous contributions to the Hurricane Katrina Relief effort.  Past recipients of the ASCAP College Vanguard Award include The Arcade Fire, Beck, Modest Mouse, The Strokes, Built to Spill, Jack Johnson, The Mars Volta, among others.

In addition to Annie Lennox and Joseph Arthur, the evening also featured performances by Papa Roach and Switchfoot who ranked among ASCAP's list of Most Performed Songs.  Papa Roach opened the show with "Scars" from their 2004 album Getting Away With Murder, and Switchfoot performed "Dare You To Move" from their debut album Beautiful Letdown.


Kelly Clarkson, Marilyn Bergman and Melissa Etheridge

Among the songwriters receiving multiple-awards were 50 Cent with five awards; Jermaine Dupri and Sean Garrett with four awards each; Ciara and Scott Storch with three awards each; and Johnta Austin, Ryan Cabrera, Vidal Davis, Destiny's Child's Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Andre Harris, La Marquis Jefferson, Alicia Keys, The Killers' Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Avril Lavigne (SOCAN), Ludacris, Maroon 5's James Valentine, Max Martin (STIM), Missy Elliott, Nelly, Manuel Seal, Gwen Stefani and The Game with two awards each.

I have to say that one of my favorite parts of CRS is attending the songwriter's sessions. The opportunity to see such amazing talent in one place and get an insight to some of the stories behind the songs and hear them performed in such a casual and intimate atmosphere is priceless. This is definitely a highlight of the week for me.


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