“Firework” named Song of the Year; Universal Music Publishing Group earns Publisher of the Year
LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2012 â€” Global music rights leader Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) honored the songwriters and music publishers behind the yearâ€™s most-performed songs tonight at the organizationâ€™s 60th annual Pop Awards, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Carole King received the BMI Icon Award recognizing the â€œunique and indelible influence on generations of music makersâ€ she has made through her incomparable catalog as a songwriter and recording artist.
Ester Dean, Benny Blanco and Pitbull all earned the coveted BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year title. Dean, Blanco and Pitbull each contributed five songs to the yearâ€™s most performed list. Dean composed â€œWhatâ€™s My Name?,â€ â€œRude Boy,â€ â€œS&M,â€ â€œSuper Bassâ€ and â€œFireworkâ€; Blanco wrote â€œBlow,â€ â€œPlease Donâ€™t Go,â€ â€œTeenage Dream,â€ â€œWe R Who We Râ€ and â€œDynamiteâ€; and Pitbull penned â€œDJ Got Us Fallinâ€™ In Love,â€ â€œGive Me Everything,â€ â€œHey Baby (Drop It to the Floor),â€ â€œI Like Itâ€ and â€œOn the Floor.â€
Dean enjoyed an especially big night, as â€œFireworkâ€ clinched BMI Pop Song of the Year honors for her and co-writer Sandy Vee, as well as publishers Dat Damn Dean Music and peermusic III, Ltd.
With 10 songs among the yearâ€™s most-performed, Universal Music Publishing Group claimed the prestigious BMI Pop Publisher of the Year crystal.
The all-star tribute to King featured promising young talent, an international star, and a golden-age pop idol, reflecting the broad appeal of Kingâ€™s extraordinary work. 19 Recordings/Interscope Records recording artist and American Idol alumna Haley Reinhart delivered an inspiring performance of â€œBeautifulâ€; Universal Republic recording artist Colbie Caillat offered a soulful rendition of â€œWill You Still Love Me Tomorrowâ€; and Peter Noone of Hermanâ€™s Hermits capped off the tribute with â€œIâ€™m into Something Good,â€ the debut smash for Hermanâ€™s Hermits in 1964.
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 Brown, Carlos Santana, Dolly Parton, and others.
King was born in Brooklyn, and her songwriting career ignited nearby in Manhattan with Don Kirshner’s Aldon Music in the early 60s. With writing partner and then-husband Gerry Goffin, King topped charts with the Shirellesâ€™ â€œWill You Still Love Me Tomorrow,â€ then Bobby Veeâ€™s â€œTake Good Care of My Baby.â€ A flood of hits followed: Little Evaâ€™s â€œLoco-Motion,â€ the Chiffonsâ€™ â€œOne Fine Day,â€ the Monkeesâ€™ â€œPleasant Valley Sunday,â€ the Driftersâ€™ â€œUp on the Roof,â€ Aretha Franklinâ€™s â€œ(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,â€ the Crystalsâ€™ â€œHe Hit Me (And it Felt Like a Kiss)â€ and more. When she released her own album Tapestry in 1971, breathtaking songs such as â€œSo Far Away,â€ â€œItâ€™s Too Late,â€ â€œI Feel the Earth Moveâ€ and â€œYouâ€™ve Got a Friendâ€ (also recorded by close friend James Taylor) propelled King to four Grammy wins and fueled the albumâ€™s six-year stay on the charts. King became a superstar, and Tapestry became the biggest-selling album of the era. To date, more than 400 of Kingâ€™s timeless compositions have been recorded by more than 1000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles, many reaching No. 1. She has won 31 BMI songwriting awards spanning pop, r&b and country categories, and 18 of her compositions have earned more than one million performances. King is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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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