Los Angeles, CA (Top40 Charts/ BMI Los Angeles)
Global music rights leader Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) honored the songwriters and music publishers behind the year's most-performed songs tonight at the organization's 60th annual Pop Awards, held at the Beverly Wilshire
Hotel in Beverly Hills.
received the BMI Icon Award recognizing her "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers."
Ester Dean, Benny Blanco and Pitbull
all earned the coveted BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year title by contributing five songs each to the year's most performed list.
" clinched BMI Pop Song of the Year honors for Dean and co-writer Sandy
Vee, as well as publishers Dat Damn Dean Music
and peermusic III, Ltd.
Publishing Group claimed the prestigious BMI Pop Publisher of the Year crystal.
The tribute to King featured Haley Reinhart, who delivered an inspiring performance of "Beautiful
"; Colbie Caillat
offering a soulful rendition of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow"; and Peter
Noone of Herman's Hermits
capping off the tribute with "I'm into Something Good."
As a BMI Icon, King joins an elite list that includes David
Foster, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, the Jacksons, the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills
& Nash, Paul Simon, Merle Haggard, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James
Santana, Dolly Parton, and others.
The 60th annual BMI Pop Awards were hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant, along with Barbara
Cane, BMI Vice President/General Manager, Los Angeles, and Phil Graham, BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations. For a complete list of 2012 winners, visit www.bmi.com.
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Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in rights management, is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 500,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 7.5 million musical works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for more than 70 years. The company provides licenses for businesses that perform music, and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents. Find out more at www.bmi.com, follow @BMI on Twitter and stay connected through Facebook.
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