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As Best of the Year lists pour in from music critics, blogs and magazines, it's becoming overwhelmingly clear: the most acclaimed albums of 2014 were created by ASCAP songwriters. Find out which of our members won the hearts of the critics this year.

Five ASCAP legends will take their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. The Rock Hall has voted The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Bill Withers into next year's class. Ringo Starr, inducted as part of the Beatles in 1988, will earn the Award for Musical Excellence.

The Spirit of Christmas is a stunning collaboration between Grammy award-winning songwriter-artist Michael W. Smith and a who's who of outstanding vocalists from Nashville and beyond. Lady Antebellum, Bono, Michael McDonald and more present unique takes on Christmas classics as well as original holiday songs written by Smith.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has revealed nominations for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, and ASCAP writers wrote seven of the scores and songs nominated across two music categories. Among this year's ASCAP nominees are Lana Del Rey & Daniel Heath, Sia & Greg Kurstin, Lorde & Joel Little and Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye.

ASCAP banded together with two other performance rights organizations to support 18 of their writers in a one-of-a-kind collaborative songwriters workshop intensive run by Billy Seidman's NY-based Song Arts Academy.

Technology has offered hundreds of new ways for songwriters to get their ideas down and express themselves. With Point Blank Music School, you can learn how to take your creativity to new heights using Ableton Live.

ASCAP will honor The Doobie Brothers with the Voice of Music Award during its 32nd Pop Music Awards, to be held April 29th, 2015 in LA. The event will also celebrate the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2014.

The ASCAP Songwriter Residency continues in New York with R&B songwriter/producer Andrea Martin, Grammy/Emmy-nominated composer/songwriter David Wolfert and producer/songwriter Johnny Blk. The Residencies give ASCAP songwriters a way to give back by engaging and inspiring inner city students through music.

On November 19th, just two days after he earned the ASCAP Centennial Award, Billy Joel was given the prestigious Gershwin Prize by the Library of Congress. The honor took place amidst a star-studded tribute concert in Washington, DC, featuring Tony Bennett, Natalie Maines, LeAnn Rimes, John Mellencamp and many more.

On November 10th, ASCAP singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson played an intimate set for a room full of music biz notables at The Village Studios in Los Angeles. The event was a fundraiser for the Guild of Music Supervisors, and a celebration of Michaelson's gold single "Girls Chase Boys." ASCAP proudly co-presented the event.

Gabriel Mann (Modern Family, The Rescues) will write and record a song with 16 Los Angeles 4th and 5th grade students at Braddock Drive Elementary School. The sessions are part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency, a partnership with America SCORES.

Leland is the mind-bending pop brainchild of ASCAP songwriter Brett McLaughlin. To celebrate the November 4th release of Leland's very first video, for debut single "Aware," we asked him to tell us five things that every songwriter should be "aware" of.

Award-winning songwriter-producers Julie Frost and Malik Yusef will co-write and record with students at Hearst Elementary School in Chicago. The sessions are part of the ASCAP Songwriter Residency partnership with America SCORES, a mentorship program aimed to inspire youth in underserved communities.

ASCAP joined Nettwerk One Music/Revelry Music, Combustion Music, Sea Gayle Music and Complete Control Management to sponsor a writing camp combining Nashville writers with two EDM artists Tritonal and Brass Knuckles. Writing sessions took place at Blackbird Studios and Combustion Music offices, with ASCAP providing lunch for the hungry hordes.

The second album from The Barr Brothers showcases the quartet's compelling world-folk sound. Brothers Brad & Andrew Barr toured for 15 years in The Slip, and Sleeping Operator comes after a very creative period in which they wrote dozens of songs featuring Brad's lyrics with exotic instrumentation. The resulting album is intimate, evocative and otherworldly.

Through rain, sleet or snow, ASCAP always delivers musical thrills. On October 22nd in Manhattan ASCAP hosted its annual showcase for the CMJ Music Marathon at the Studio at Webster Hall while a nor’easter raged outside.

It's one of our favorite stories to tell: the promising talent who breaks through, crosses over, gets the attention that he or she deserves. Here are 10 ASCAP songwriters and composers who had breakthrough years in 2014, and are poised for even bigger things in the future.