2018 ASCAP Pop Music Awards

The ASCAP Pop Awards are always a good time, but this year’s ceremony was truly a night to remember. We gave out special honors to some of the brightest lights in music: iconic hitmaker Desmond Child (Founders Award), Portugal. The Man (Vanguard Award) and pop chanteuse Lana Del Rey (Global Impact Award), plus our four Songwriter of the Year honorees, Starrah, Drew Taggart, Steve Mac and Max Martin - and celebrated the writers and publishers of the most-performed songs of 2017. Universal Music Publishing Group was named Publisher of the Year, and BMG took home Independent Publisher of the Year honors for the third consecutive year.

The winning songs this year exemplified the ever-evolving, boundary-breaking nature of popular music today. Our Song of the Year went to the writers and publishers of the dancehall-infused pop song “Shape of You,” while the recording-breaking Latin crossover single “Despacito” earned our inaugural Most Streamed Song of the Year award. We honored pop songs with guest rap verses; hip-hop singles with massive pop hooks; chart toppers by EDM stars, R&B tracks that sample Latin guitar, and a host of other genre-crossing, globetrotting music.

What’s an awards show without live music? Portugal. The Man treated the audience to a raucous live version of “Feel It Still” (which won them a Grammy), and Father John Misty paid tribute to his friend Lana Del Rey with an intimate take on “Ride.” Madison Emiko Love, Fastball’s Tony Scalzo and Futuristics member Joe Khajadourian performed “Bad Things,” their hit for Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello.

But the night belonged to multi-platinum, Grammy-winning songwriter Desmond Child, who was given the ASCAP Founders Award in recognition of his five-decade career of iconic songs like “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” “Dude (Looks Like A Lady),” “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” “Waking Up In Vegas” and “Beautiful Now.” The segment opened with a surprise performance by Alice Cooper, performing his 1989 hit “Poison,” co-written with Child. Powerhouse vocalist Justin Benlolo rocked the house with a medley of Child’s greatest hits, right before Paul Stanley of KISS presented the Founders Award to the man of the hour. It was another star-studded highlight of a night already stuffed with them.

Winning Songs

SONG OF THE YEAR
Shape of You
Writers:
Kandi Burruss
Steve Mac (PRS)
Tameka “Tiny” Harris

Publishers:
Air Control Music Inc
Kandacy Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Tiny Tam Music
Tony Mercedes Music
Universal Music Publishing Group

MOST STREAMED SONG OF THE YEAR
Despacito
Writers:
Justin Bieber
Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd
Daddy Yankee

Publishers:
Bieber Time
BMG
Cangris Publishing
Poo B Z Publishing
Universal Music Corporation

1-800-273-8255
(Logic Feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)

Writer: Drew Taggart

Publishers: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Taggart Group LLC

24k Magic
(Bruno Mars)

Writer: Christopher “Brody” Brown

Publishers:
Late 80's Music
Thou Art The Hunger
Westside Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Attention
(Charlie Puth)

Writer: Jacob "JKash" Hindlin

Publishers:
Prescription Songs
Rap Kingpin Music

Bad And Boujee
(Migos Feat. Lil Uzi Vert)

Writers:
Kiari "Offset" Cephus
Kirsnick "Takeoff" Ball
Lil Uzi Vert
Quavo Huncho

Publishers:
Ascapuzi
Huncho YRN Music
Quality Control QC Pro
Reservoir
Silent Assassin YRN
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
YRN Piped Up Ent

Bad Things
(Machine Gun Kelly X Camila Cabello)

Writers:
Alex Schwartz
Joe Khajadourian
Madison Emiko Love
Tony Scalzo

Publishers:
Artist Publishing Group West
Bible Black
Concord Music
Livemadlove
Panic Attack Publishing
Schweezy Beats Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Believer
(Imagine Dragons)

Writers: Mattman & Robin (STIM)

Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Black Beatles
(Rae Sremmurd Feat. Gucci Mane)

Writers:
Gucci Mane
Mike Will Made-It

Publishers:
Radric Davis Publishing LLC
Sounds From Eardrummers
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)
(Cardi B)

Writers:
Cardi B
Klenord “Shaft” Raphael

Publishers:
Shaftizm
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Washpoppin Inc

Body Like A Back Road
(Sam Hunt)

Writers:
Josh Osborne
Sam Hunt
Zach Crowell

Publishers:
Anderson Fork in the Road Music
Atlas Music Publishing
Combustion Music
I Love Pizza Music
Sam Hunt Publishing
Smackville Music/Smacksongs
Songs of Southside
Tape Room Music
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Bounce Back
(Big Sean)

Writers:
Amaire Johnson
Big Sean
Christian “Hitmaka” Ward
Jeremih

Publishers
Amaire Johnson
Artist Publishing Group West
It Takes One Publishing LLC
My Last Publishing
My Lord Prophet Music
Ohaji Publishing
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Can't Stop the Feeling!
(Justin Timberlake)

Writers:
Justin Timberlake
Max Martin (STIM)
Shellback (STIM)

Publishers:
DWA Songs
Kobalt Music
Tennman Tunes
Universal Music Publishing Group

Cheap Thrills (Feat. Sean Paul)
(Sia)

Writers:
Greg Kurstin
Sean Paul
Sia (APRA)

Publishers:
Kurstin Music
Pineapple Lasagne
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

Closer
(Chainsmokers Feat. Halsey)

Writers:
Drew Taggart
Frederic Kennett
Isaac Slade
Joseph King

Publishers:
Aaron Edwards Publishing
Nice Hair Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

Cold
(Maroon 5 Feat. Future)

Writers:
Jacob "JKash" Hindlin
Phil Paul Shaouy Aka Phil Phever

Publishers:
High Phever Music
Prescription Songs
Rap Kingpin Music

Don't Wanna Know
(Maroon 5 Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Writers:
Alex Ben-Abdallah
Jacob "JKash" Hindlin
Kendrick Lamar

Publishers:
Hard Working Black Folks
Prescription Songs
Rap Kingpin Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Stellar Sun Songs
Top Dawg Music
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Fake Love
(Drake)

Writers:
Adam Feeney pka Frank Dukes (SOCAN)
Anderson "Vinylz" Hernandez
Brittany "Starrah" Hazzard

Publishers:
Nyan King Music Inc
People Over Planes
Shay Noelle Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
These Are Songs of Pulse
Vinylz Music Group

Feel It Still
(Portugal. The Man)

Writers:
Asa Taccone
Eric Howk
Freddie Gorman
Jason Sechrist
John Gourley
Zach Carothers

Publishers:
Approaching Airballoons
Jobete Music Co. Inc.
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Twonk Donklis
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

The Greatest (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
(Sia Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Writers:
Greg Kurstin
Kendrick Lamar
Sia (APRA)

Publishers:
Hard Working Black Folks
Kurstin Music
Pineapple Lasagne
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Top Dawg Music
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Havana
(Camila Cabello Feat. Young Thug)

Writers:
Brittany "Starrah" Hazzard
Louis Bell

Publishers:
People Over Planes
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
These Are Songs of Pulse

HUMBLE.
(Kendrick Lamar)

Writers:
Kendrick Lamar
Mike Will Made-It

Publishers:
Hard Working Black Folks
Sounds from Eardrummers
Top Dawg Music
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

I Feel It Coming
(The Weeknd Feat. Daft Punk)

Writers:
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye (SOCAN)
Doc Mckinney (SOCAN)
Eric Chédeville «Rico The Wizzard» (SACEM)
Henry “Cirkut” Walter

Publishers:
Cirkut Breaker LLC
Kobalt Music
Prescription Songs

I'm The One
(DJ Khaled Feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne)

Writers:
Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd
Justin Bieber
Quavo Huncho

Publishers:
Bieber Time Publishing
BMG
Huncho YRN Music
Poo B Z Publishing
Quality Control QC Pro
Universal Music Publishing Group

Issues
(Julia Michaels)

Writers:
Mikkel Eriksen
Tor Hermansen

Publisher: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

It Ain't Me
(Kygo X Selena Gomez)

Writer: Selena Gomez

Publishers:
SMG Tunes
Universal Music Publishing Group

Just Like Fire
(P!NK)

Writers:
Max Martin (STIM)
Oscar Holter (STIM)
Shellback (STIM)

Publishers:
Kobalt Music
Walt Disney Music Company
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Let Me Love You
(DJ Snake Feat. Justin Bieber)

Writers:
Justin Bieber
Louis Bell
Lumidee Cedeno
Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden (PRS)
Teddy Djtedsmooth Mendez
William Grigahcine (SACEM)

Publishers:
1433 Publishing
Bieber Time Publishing
BMG
Get Familiar Music
Greensleeves Publishing Limited
Logi
Pay That Fam
Reach Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing Group

Location
(Khalid)

Writer: Chris McClenney

Publishers:
Chris McClenney Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

No Promises
(Cheat Codes Feat. Demi Lovato)

Writers:
Demi Lovato
Emma Lov
Jackson Foote

Publishers:
Ddlovato Music
Jacksonfootemusic
Lovblock Music
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Now or Never
(Halsey)

Writer: Brittany "Starrah" Hazzard

Publishers:
People Over Planes
These Are Songs of Pulse

Paris
(Chainsmokers)

Writers:
Charlee Nyman (STIM)
Drew Taggart

Publishers:
Nice Hair Publishing Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

Rockabye
(Clean Bandit Feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie)

Writers:
Sean Paul
Steve Mac (PRS)

Publishers:
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing Group


Rockstar
(Post Malone Feat. 21 Savage)

Writers:
21 Savage
Louis Bell
Olufunmibi “Tank God” Awoshiley

Publishers:
BMG
Felicimi
Slaughter Gang
Sony/ATV Music LLC

Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
(Adele)

Writers:
Max Martin (STIM)
Shellback (STIM)

Publisher: Kobalt Music

Side to Side
(Ariana Grande Feat. Nicki Minaj)

Writers:
Alexander Kronlund (STIM)
Ariana Grande
Ilya (STIM)
Max Martin (STIM)
Savan Kotecha

Publishers:
BMG
Grandarimusic
Kobalt Music
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Slow Hands
(Niall Horan)

Writer: Alexander Eskeerdo

Publishers:
Aix Music Publishing
BMG

Something Just Like This
(Chainsmokers & Coldplay)

Writers:
Chris Martin
Drew Taggart
Guy Berryman
Jonny Buckland
Will Champion

Publishers:
Nice Hair Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing Group

Sorry Not Sorry
(Demi Lovato)

Writers:
Demi Lovato
Downtown Trevor Brown
Zaire Koalo

Publishers:
Ddlovato Music
Downtown Trevor Brown
Quest Da Stars
Reservoir
Universal Music Publishing Group

Starboy
(The Weeknd Feat. Daft Punk)

Writers:
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye (SOCAN)
Doc Mckinney (SOCAN)
Henry “Cirkut” Walter
Jason “Daheala” Quenneville (SOCAN)

Publishers:
Cirkut Breaker LLC
Kobalt Music
Prescription Songs
Universal Music Publishing Group

Stay
(Zedd Feat. Alessia Cara)

Writer: Anton Zaslavski

Publishers:
Universal Music Publishing Group
Zedd Music Empire

Strip That Down
(Liam Payne Feat. Quavo)

Writers:
Charles Miller
Harold Ray Brown
Howard E. Scott
Lee Oskar
Lonnie Jordan
Quavo Huncho
Rickardo “Rikrok” Ducent
Steve Mac (PRS)
Sting International
Thomas Sylvester Allen

Publishers:
Huncho YRN Music
Pedigree Ranch Music
Quality Control QC Pro
Roynet Music
Scikron Music Publishing
TMC Music Inc./Far Out Music
Universal Music Publishing Group

That's What I Like
(Bruno Mars)

Writers:
Christopher "Brody" Brown
James Fauntleroy
Jeremy "Jerm Beats" Reeves
Ray Charles McCullough II

Publishers:
Almo Music
Fauntleroy Music
Late 80's Music
Ra Charm Music
Sumphu
Thou Art the Hunger
Underdog West
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Westside Publishing

Thunder
(Imagine Dragons)

Writer: Jayson Dezuzio

Publishers:
Have a Nice Jay Music
Kidinakorner Music
Universal Music Publishing Group

Too Good at Goodbyes
(Sam Smith)

Writers:
Mikkel Eriksen
Tor Hermansen

Publisher: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

Unforgettable
(French Montana Feat. Swae Lee)

Writers:
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye (SOCAN)
French Montana
Jaegen (SOCAN)
Jeremih

Publishers:
Excuse My French Music II
Kobalt Music
Ohaji Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing Group

Water Under the Bridge
(Adele)

Writer: Greg Kurstin

Publishers:
Kurstin Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

What About Us
(P!NK)

Writer: Steve Mac (PRS)

Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group

What Lovers Do
(Maroon 5 Feat. SZA)

Writers:
Brittany "Starrah" Hazzard
Elina Stridh (STIM)
NEIKED (STIM)

Publishers:
People Over Planes
These Are Songs of Pulse

Wild Thoughts
(DJ Khaled Feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)

Writers:
David Sincere McRae
Jahron "PARTYNEXTDOOR" Brathwaite (SOCAN)
Marvin Moore Hough
Wyclef Jean

Publishers:
Ghetto and Blues
Hempstead Live
Huss Zwingli Publishing Inc
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.