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April 27, 2011

ASCAP Celebrates the Songwriters Behind Pop Music's Biggest Hits at Annual Awards Ceremony in Hollywood

Rod Stewart, Band of Horses, Randy Bachman, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Max Martin, Pat Monahan of Train, EMI Music Publishing and Others Honored at Star-Studded Event

Los Angeles, CA, April 27, 2011: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) hosted its 28th Annual Pop Music Awards tonight at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The star-studded event, which was attended by hundreds of songwriters, recording artists and music industry leaders, paid special tribute to Rod Stewart, Band of Horses and Randy Bachman, and honored the songwriters and publishers behind some of today's most popular music.

Top awards were presented to:

  • Songwriters of the Year: Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and Max Martin
  • Song of the Year: "Hey, Soul Sister" by Pat Monahan of Train
  • Publisher of the Year: EMI Music Publishing

Special awards were presented to rock icon Rod Stewart who was honored with the ASCAP Founders Award, Band of Horses who received ASCAP's Vanguard Award and Randy Bachman who was presented with the ASCAP Global Impact Award. Awards were also presented to the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2010.

Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and Max Martin tied for Songwriter of the Year for penning five of the most performed songs of 2010, including "California Gurls" (Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg), "Dynamite" (Taio Cruz) and "Teenage Dream" (Katy Perry).

Dr. Luke also won for Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA" and "Tik Tok" by Ke$ha, who was on hand to present the hitmaker with his award. Dr. Luke has had a staggering 20 #1 songs in the past five years, 17 ASCAP Awards (including Songwriter of the Year in 2010), a Top 10 spot on Billboard's Producers of the Decade list, and a nonstop litany of the country's most popular and ubiquitous songs that have dominated contemporary music the world over.

Max Martin also won for "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" by Usher with Pitbull and "Whataya Want From Me" by Adam Lambert, who presented the award to the Swedish songwriter/producer. This is the fourth Songwriter of the Year win for Martin, who also earned the coveted prize in 1999, 2000 and 2001 for writing a string of hits, including "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" by The Backstreet Boys, "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears and "That's the Way It Is" by Celine Dion.

The Songwriters of the Year were celebrated in song by British pop singer/songwriter Taio Cruz, who performed "Dynamite," which he co-wrote with the pair. Cruz also picked up an award for "Break Your Heart," co-written with Ludacris.

Pat Monahan, solo artist and lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Train, collected the Song of the Year award for "Hey, Soul Sister." The song, released as the lead single from Train's fifth studio album Save Me San Francisco, reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earned the group a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals at this year's Grammy Awards. Monahan also collected a Pop Award for "If It's Love," which he co-wrote with Gregg Wattenberg.

ASCAP Publisher of the Year honors went to EMI Music Publishing, who had 19 of the most performed songs of 2010. ASCAP CEO John A. LoFrumento presented the award to EMI Music Publishing's President of North America Creative Jon Platt and his creative team. This is the ninth consecutive win for EMI and the seventeenth time in the 28-year history of the awards show that they have received this honor.

ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams presented rock icon Rod Stewart with ASCAP's Founders Award, which recognized Stewart as "an unparalleled singer and songwriter whose timeless songs turn the personal into the universal." The ASCAP Founders Award is among the most prestigious honors that ASCAP gives to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius that will enrich generations to come. Past recipients include Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Heart's Ann & Nancy Wilson, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Smokey Robinson, Patti Smith, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

Band of Horses received ASCAP's Vanguard Award, which recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music. Past ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include Beck, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Arcade Fire, The All-American Rejects, The Killers, Jack Johnson, The Strokes, Modest Mouse and Björk.

Randy Bachman was honored with ASCAP's Global Impact Award in recognition of the enduring worldwide popularity of his music. The legendary rock and roll singer/songwriter's body of work includes over 120 gold and platinum albums and singles, #1 hits in over 20 countries and over forty million records sold.

In addition to Taio Cruz, the awards celebration featured several other performances throughout the evening, including those by ASCAP Vanguard Award honoree Band of Horses and Song of the Year winner Pat Monahan of Train, who opened the show with "Hey, Soul Sister." Songwriter Josh Kear sang his award-winning song "Need You Know," which was a massive hit for Lady Antebellum. As part of the tribute to Rod Stewart, Glee's Darren Criss sang "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" and indie-pop duo The Cataracs (David Singer-Vine and Niles Hollowell-Dhar) performed a mash-up of Stewart's songs. The Cataracs also picked up a Pop Award for Far East Movement's "Like A G6" (with The Cataracs and Dev).

Many of the evening's winning songwriters were on hand to collect their awards, including
Ari Levine, who picked up three awards for "Billionaire," "Just the Way You Are" and "Nothin' On You," Keith Harris ("Imma Be," "Meet Me Halfway"), Steve Kipner ("Breakeven," "Live Like We're Dying"), Frederic Riesterer ("Club Can't Handle Me," "I Gotta Feeling"), and Stargate's Mikkel Eriksen & Tor Hermansen ("Only Girl (In the World)," "Rude Boy"), who collected two awards each, and Steve Diamond ("According to You"), DJ Frank E ("Airplanes"), Tim Pagnotta ("Animal"), Kane Beatz ("Bottoms Up"), Jim Beanz and Timothy "Attitude" Clayton ("Carry Out"), Carmen Michelle Ali and Mike Caren ("Club Can't Handle Me"), Eric Holljes and Mike Posner ("Cooler Than Me"), Jared L. Cotter, Jeremy "Jremy" Skaller and Robert "Bobbybass" Larow ("Down"), Rick Nowels ("Fallin' For You"), Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels ("Forever"), Jacob Kasher Hindlin ("Halfway Gone"), Frank Romano ("Just A Dream"), Cassius D. Kalb and Khari "Needlz" Cain ("Just the Way You Are"), Brett James ("Life After You"), Jean-Baptiste and Sylvia Gordon ("Meet Me Halfway"), Sam Farrar ("Misery"), Cri$tyle "The Ink" Johnson ("Only Girl (In the World)"), Theron Thomas and Timothy Thomas ("Replay"), Nate Walka ("Say Aah"), Matt Serletic ("Someday"), LaShawn Daniels and Lazonat� Franklin ("Telephone"), Kerry "Krucial" Brothers ("Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)"), and Joshua "Ammo" Coleman ("Your Love Is My Drug").

Click here for the complete list of winners.

Other notables in attendance included Walter Afanasieff, Claudia Brant, Desmond Child, Rob Dickins, Jermaine Dupri, Toby Gad, Siedah Garrett, Andre Harris (Dre & Vidal), William Orbit, Train, Dan Wilson (Semisonic) and many others.

The ASCAP Pop Music Awards kicks off the 6th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, a three-day conference dedicated to songwriting and composing. This year's EXPO features Lindsey Buckingham being interviewed by Sara Bareilles, a super panel featuring singer/songwriter Fergie of six-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum group The Black Eyed Peas, Master Sessions with Dr. Luke, Pharrell Williams, Jermaine Dupri & Johnt� Austin and others, plus numerous panels, workshops, master classes, One-on-One sessions, song critiquing, networking events, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances, and more. The EXPO takes place April 28-30, 2011 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, in Los Angeles, CA. For more details, please visit www.ascap.com/expo.