April 09, 2008

2008 Pop Music Awards

ASCAP celebrates 25 years of honoring pop music�s top writers and publishers at the prestigious Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles


(l-r) ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman, ASCAP Golden Note Award winner Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones, who co-presented the award with Bergman

Over 1,800 songwriters, recording artists, industry leaders and members of the music community gathered at the 25th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on Wednesday, April 9th at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles to salute the songwriters behind some of today's most popular music. Attendees at this year's event included students from GRAMMY U, University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music and the Hollywood Media Arts program. Additionally, participants in the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, a three-day conference dedicated to songwriting and composing, were invited to experience the star-studded evening.

Top awards were given to: Songwriter of the Year: Timbaland; Song of the Year (tie): "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "The Sweet Escape"; Publisher of the Year: EMI Music Publishing. Special awards were also presented to Steve Miller and Lionel Richie, who were honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award, as well as newcomer Sara Bareilles who received ASCAP's Vanguard Award. Awards were also presented to the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2007.

Songwriter/producer Timbaland earned the coveted Songwriter of the Year title for his contributions to nine awardwinning songs, including "Give It To Me," "Ice Box," "Make Me Better," "My Love," "Say It Right," "Summer Love/Set The Mood," "The Way I Are," "Until The End Of Time," and "What Goes Around...Comes Around." Prior to taking home tonight's ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year prize, Timbaland was twice recognized by ASCAP as Rhythm and Soul Songwriter of the Year.

The sought-after Song of the Year award was a tie between "Big Girls Don't Cry," written by Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson and Toby Gad, and "The Sweet Escape," written by Gwen Stefani, Akon and Giorgio Tuinfort. Fergie and Gad were on hand to accept their awards, and Fergie also collected Pop Awards for "Glamorous" and "Fergalicious." Rounding out the Top 5 most performed songs were "Irreplaceable," written by Beyonc�, Mikkel Eriksen and Tor Hermansen; "It's Not Over," written by Gregg Wattenberg; and "Say It Right," written by Nelly Furtado (SOCAN) and Timbaland.

EMI Music Publishing was named Publisher of the Year for their 21 award-winning songs. This is the sixth consecutive win for EMI and the fourteenth time in the 25-year history of the awards show that they have received this honor.

The evening was highlighted by special tributes to Lionel Richie and Steve Miller who were each presented with ASCAP's Golden Note Award, honoring songwriters, composers, and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Legendary songwriter/producer Quincy Jones joined ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman to present the award to Richie. Commenting on the award to his good friend, Quincy remarked, "Lionel is a fantastic singer and a tremendous live entertainer but I believe, as ASCAP does, that it is for his songwriting that he will long be remembered.�

As part of the tribute to Steve Miller, an American master of rock, blues and pop who has been making his musical mark for four decades, Bergman introduced a special videomessage from guitar great Les Paul, who had given Miller childhood music lessons andmentored himthroughout his career. Thiswas followed by a rousing performance by the Steve Miller Band.

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles was honored with ASCAP's Vanguard Award, given in recognition of the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music. Bareilles performed two songs during the ceremony, including her smash hit single "Love Song."

In addition to Steve Miller and Sara Bareilles, the evening also featured performances by American Idol-turned-pop sensation Elliott Yamin who sang "Wait For You," which earned writersMikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermansen and Phillip "Taj" Jackson Pop Awards, and songwriters Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear who performed their Pop Award-winning song, "Before He Cheats," which they co-wrote for Carrie Underwood.

Multiple Pop Award-winning songwriters included Timbaland with nine awards; Akon, Justin Timberlake and Stargate's Mikkel Eriksen & Tor Hermansen with five awards; Fergie, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Keri Hilson and Ludacris with three awards; and Keyshia Cole, Nelly Furtado (SOCAN), Max Martin (STIM) and Terius "The Dream" Nash with two awards.

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