January 27, 2014

ASCAP President Paul Williams Wins Album of the Year Grammy

Williams earns third Grammy for his acclaimed work on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories

(l-r) Nile Rodgers, Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, Paul Williams, Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo accept Album of the Year at the 2014 GRAMMY Awards. Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic.

(l-r) Nile Rodgers, Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, Paul Williams, Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo accept Album of the Year at the 2014 GRAMMY Awards. Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic.

At the 56th Grammy Awards on January 26th, ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Paul Williams earned an Album of the Year Grammy for his work on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories.

Speaking on behalf of the famously silent Daft Punk, Williams gave what many pundits are calling the best acceptance speech of the night. Commenting on his involvement with the record, Williams joked: "Back when I was drinking and using, I used to imagine things that weren’t there...and then I got sober and two robots called me and asked me to make an album.” 

Williams co-wrote "Touch" and "Beyond" from the critically hailed Random Access Memories, and sang the soaring lead vocal on its centerpiece track "Touch." Watch this video interview to find out more about his involvement with the record: 

Paul Williams is a Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar-winning member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, known the world over for classic songs like "The Rainbow Connection," "We've Only Just Begun" and many more. He has earned two previous Grammys, for "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" and his songs from The Muppet Movie. As President and Chairman of the Board of ASCAP since 2009, Williams is also a leading spokesman for music creators in the digital age.

His recent work has remained wonderfully diverse, from creating the story and writing the songs for the Emmy-nominated A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa and penning the music and lyrics for Garry Marshall’s theatrical sensation Happy Days, to writing with the Scissor Sisters and Daft Punk. His career, life and work in recovery have been chronicled in the acclaimed documentary, Paul Williams Still Alive, released in 2012. Williams’s song, “Still Alive,” written as the title track, was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award. Williams is currently working with director Guillermo del Toro and composer Gustavo Santaolalla on a stage musical adaptation of del Toro’s acclaimed fantasy film Pan’s Labyrinth.

Find out more about Paul Williams: www.paulwilliamsofficial.com