Songwriter of the Year Beyoncé Knowles
Singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin, right, performed
in honor of her hero James Taylor (below).
Taylor also wowed the crowd with a special performance
of his own.
artists and rising rock stars illuminated the
stage at ASCAP's 2002 Pop Awards, where awards
were presented for lifetime achievement and for
the most performed songs from the previous year.
Pictured below left (l-r) are ASCAP Pied Piper
Award recipient Tony Bennett, ASCAP President
and Chairman Marilyn Bergman and ASCAP Founders
Award recipient James Taylor, and below right,
Mathew Knowles, who accepted the Songwriter of
the Year Award on behalf of his daughter, Beyoncé
Knowles, with Beyonce's mother, Tina Knowles.
PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR ? WARNER/CHAPPELL
Pictured, l-r, are Warner/Chappell's David Andreone,
Kenny MacPherson, Greg Sowders, Ed Pierson, JB Brenner,
Ira Pianko, Tim Wipperman, Barbara Quinn (in back),
Les Bider, Judy Stakee, Denise Weathersby, ASCAP
Board member Jay Morgenstern, Rick Shoemaker, Bob
Fead, Steve Scott and ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento.
James Taylor, Tony Bennett, Beyoncé Knowles,
Dido, Holly Lamar, Dirk Lance from Incubus, Desmond
Child, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Lenny Kravitz, Train,
N'Sync, Uncle Kracker, Staind, Alicia Keys, U2, BBMak
and Madonna were among those honored May 20 at the 19th
annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton
Hotel. Over 600 leading songwriters, recording artists
and music industry notables gathered to salute the songwriters
and publishers of ASCAP's most performed songs of the
year at the gala, hosted by ASCAP President and Chairman
Marilyn Bergman. Richard Marx opened the show with a
special performance of his award-winning song, "This
I Promise You," which was a smash hit for N'Sync.
Along with honorees and performers, Tony Bennett, James
Taylor, Shawn Colvin, Richard Marx and k.d. lang, other
ASCAP honorees and notables attending tonight's celebration
were Incubus, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Richie Sambora,
Fabrizio Moretti and Nick Valensi of The Strokes, Matt
Scannell of Vertical Horizon, Crazy Town, Joe Henry,
Steve Vai, Tricky, Hal David, Johnny Mandel and Alan
The evening was highlighted with the presentation of
major awards to two giants of popular music -- James
Taylor and Tony Bennett.
Shawn Colvin congratulates Founders Award winner
Taylor was presented with the prestigious ASCAP
Founders Award, which honors pioneering songwriters
who have made exceptional contributions to music. As
both a singer and songwriter, Taylor's unique qualities
have earned him recent induction into two of pop music's
most exclusive clubs ?- the Rock & Roll Hall of
Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is the recipient
of multiple Grammy Awards and numerous Gold and Platinum
Records. Among his many memorable songs are: "Fire and
Rain," "Sweet Baby James," "Country Road," "Don't Let
Me Be Lonely Tonight," "You're Smiling Face," "Hey Mister,
That's Me Up on the Jukebox," "Copperline," "Mexico"
and many others.
Shawn Colvin performed as part of ASCAP's special tribute
to Taylor and was on hand to co-present this prestigious
award with Marilyn Bergman.
The ASCAP Pied Piper award was presented to Tony
Bennett in recognition of his consummate musical
artistry and extraordinary career as the foremost interpreter
of the "Great American Songbook."
Bennett is world-renowned as a singular artist, one
of the most gifted of our time. He has introduced countless
songs into the popular repertory, including "I Left
My Heart In San Francisco," "How Do You Keep the Music
Playing?" "The Best Is Yet to Come" and "I Wanna Be
Around," among so many others. His renditions are and
will remain enduring classics. Bennett has multiple
Grammy Awards to his credit including a Lifetime Achievement
Award. Artist k.d. lang joined Marilyn Bergman to co-present
this prestigious award to Bennett and later performed
a duet with Bennett as part of ASCAP's special tribute
in his honor.
Bergman commented, "ASCAP is extremely proud to honor
James Taylor and Tony Bennett with these special awards.
They have touched audiences the world over during their
remarkable careers and they continue to influence the
most popular artists of our time. They have created
enduring musical legacies that will enrich generations
Songwriter of the Year honors went to Beyoncé
Knowles whose father, Mathew Knowles, accepted the award
on her behalf. The three award-winning songs that Beyoncé
wrote or co-wrote are: "Independent Women Part I," "Jumpin
Jumpin" and "Survivor." Dido was honored with Song of
the Year for the worldwide smash hit "Thank You."
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Publisher of the Year honors
were presented by ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento to Warner/
Chappell for their 16 winning songs: "All For You,"
"Crazy," "Don't Tell Me," "Everything You Want," "I
Knew I Loved You," "It Wasn't Me," "It's Been A While,"
"Let Me Blow Ya Mind," Love Don't Cost A Thing," "Music,"
"Outside," "Pinch Me," "Taking You Home," "Thank You,"
"The Way You Love Me" and "You're A God."
Songwriter Holly Lamar received special recognition
for the song "Breathe" (Cal IV Entertainment, Inc.),
the major hit by Faith Hill, which according to Billboard
Airplay Monitor was the most-performed song on radio
in 2000. Billboard's L.A. Bureau Chief Melinda
Newman, co-presented the award to Lamar with ASCAP Executive
Vice President Todd Brabec.
The ASCAP College Vanguard Award, to the artist whose
collective body of work over the year garnered the most
performances on college radio, went to The Strokes.
Fabrizio Moretti and Nick Valensi of the Strokes were
on hand to receive the award.