2020 ASCAP Pop Music Awards

June 17, 2020

ASCAP honored pop icons, chart-topping producers and the genre’s hottest songwriters in our first ever virtual 2020 ASCAP Pop Music Awards, held across our @ascap social media platforms June 17-18. While we couldn't all be together in person, we welcomed the world to tune in and participate as we revealed exclusive photos, videos and more from the songwriters and publishers of the most performed pop music of the past year.


Louis Bell received his second straight ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award, for his work on The Jonas Brothers' “Sucker” (named ASCAP Song of the Year) plus seven more hits by Post Malone ("Better Now," "Circles," "Goodbyes," "Sunflower" and "Wow."), Halsey (“Without Me”) and 5 Seconds of Summer (“Youngblood”). The epochal “Old Town Road (Remix) Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus" earned ASCAP hitmakers Jozzy and Trent Reznor the Most Streamed Song award.


Kobalt took home ASCAP Publisher of the Year, for their role in multiple hits of the past year including “Close to Me” (Diplo, Ellie Goulding & Swae Lee) and “Memories” (Maroon 5). BMG won Independent Publisher of the Year, for bringing “Panini” (Lil Nas X), “Someone You Loved” (Lewis Capaldi) and more to the masses.

 

The best part of virtual Pop Awards? All the heartfelt speeches and unboxing videos that our writer winners sent along to share with their fans on social media. Watch how it all went down by searching for #ASCAPAwards @ASCAP on Instagram and Twitter.

Top Honorees

Louis Bell

Songwriter of the Year

Song of the Year: "Sucker"

Writer: Louis Bell
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Kobalt Songs Music Publishing

Editora Independiente del Año

Independent Publisher of the Year

Most Streamed Song: "Old Town Road (Remix) Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus"

Writers: Jozzy, Trent Reznor
Publishers: Form and Texture Inc., Kobalt Music, Songs by MPA Music Publishing Accelerator

Winning Songs

7 Rings

 

Writers:

Ariana Grande

Charles “Scootie” Anderson

Njomza Vitia  

Oscar Hammerstein II

Richard Rodgers

Tommy Brown

Victoria Monét

 

Publishers:

Grandarimusic

BMG

Concord Music Publishing

The Hillstorian

Kobalt Music

Owsla Trax

Avex USA obo Songs of Avex (ASCAP)

TBHitsville Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group

Victoria Monét Music

 

Bad Guy

 

Writers:

Billie Eilish     

Finneas O'Connell (see him in conversation with Glen Hansard in the 6/18 ASCAP Experience: Home Edition)

 

Publishers:

Drup

Kobalt Music

Last Frontier

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

Be Alright

Writers:

Dean Lewis    

Jon Hume

 

Publishers:

Kobalt Music

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

 

Beautiful (Feat. Camila Cabello)

 

Writer:

Mike Woods

 

Publishers:

Artist Publishing Group

Kobalt Music

MCWII

 

Beautiful People

 

Writers:

Max Martin

Shellback

 

Publishers:

Kobalt Music

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

Better

Writers:

Digi     

Mikkel Eriksen

Tor Hermansen

 

Publishers:

Jamil Chammas Publishing

Reach Music

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Warner Chappell Music

 

Better Now

 

Writers:

Billy Walsh

Kaan Güneşberk

Louis Bell

 

Publishers:

Nyan King Music

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group

WMMW Publishing

 

Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored

 

Writers:

Ariana Grande

Ilya

Kandi Burruss

Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs

Max Martin

Savan Kotecha

 

Publishers:

Air Control Music

BMG

Grandarimusic

Hitco South

Kandacy Music

Kobalt Music

She K'em Down Music

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group

Warner Chappell Music

 

Breathin

 

Writers:

Ariana Grande

Ilya

Peter Svensson

Savan Kotecha

 

Publishers:

Grandarimusic

Kobalt Music

Universal Music Publishing Group

Warner Chappell Music

 

Broken

 

Writer:

Sam DeRosa

 

Publishers:

Hard to Love Music

Warner Chappell Music

 

Circles

 

Writers:

Billy Walsh

Kaan Güneşberk

Louis Bell

 

Publishers:

Nyan King Music

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group

WMMW Publishing

 

Close to Me

 

Writers:

Ilya     

Peter Svensson

Savan Kotecha

Wesley Pentz

 

Publishers:

I Like Turtles

Kobalt Music

Warner Chappell Music

 

Dancing with a Stranger

 

Writers:

Mikkel Eriksen

Tor Hermansen

 

Publisher:

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

 

Delicate

 

Writers:

Max Martin    

Shellback

 

Publisher:

Kobalt Music

 

Feel It Still

 

Writers:

Asa Taccone   

Eric Howk

Freddie Gorman

Jason Sechrist

John Gourley

Zach Carothers

Zoe Manville

 

Publishers:

Approaching Airballoons
Jobete Music Co Inc

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Twonk Donklis

Universal Music Publishing Group

Warner Chappell Music

 

Going Bad

 

Writers:

Meek Mill       

Westen Weiss

 

Publishers:

Electric Feel Publishing 

Forever Rich

Universal Music Publishing Group

Warner Chappell Music

Westen Weiss Productions LLC

 

Goodbyes

 

Writers:

Billy Walsh     

Louis Bell

 

Publishers:

 

Nyan King Music

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

WMMW Publishing

 

Happier

 

Writers:

Dan Smith

Steve Mac

 

Publisher:

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

Hey Look Ma, I Made It

 

Writers:

Brendon Urie 

Dillon Francis

Sam Hollander

 

Publishers:

Big in America
Elephant Squirrel Publishing

Kobalt Music

Listen to This Shhh

 

High Hopes

 

Writers:

Brendon Urie 

Jenny Owen Youngs

Jonas Jeberg

Sam Hollander

 

Publishers:

A Song Can Be About Anything Music

Big Deal Notes

Big in America

BMG

Girls Raised by Wolves

Kobalt Music

Listen to This Shhh

Words & Music Worldwide

 

 

How Do You Sleep?

 

Writers:

Ilya

Max Martin

Savan Kotecha

 

Publishers:

Kobalt Music

Warner Chappell Music

 

I Don't Care

 

Writers:

Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd

Justin Bieber  

Max Martin

Shellback

 

Publishers:

Bieber Time Publishing

BMG

Kobalt Music

Poo BZ Pub

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

If I Can't Have You

 

Writer:

Scott Harris (watch him discuss the song during the 6/18 ASCAP Experience: Home Edition)

 

Publishers:

Harris123 Publishing

Warner Chappell Music

 

Look Back at It

 

Writers:

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Christian “Hitmaka” Ward

Lashawn “Big Shiz” Daniels

Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels

 

Publishers:

1Damentional Publishing

Artist Publishing Group

HBTL Publishing

My Lord Prophet Music

Reservoir

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Warner Chappell Music

 

Love Lies

 

Writer:

Digi

 

Publishers:

Jamil Chammas Publishing

Reach Music

Warner Chappell Music

 

ME!

 

Writer:

Brendon Urie

 

Publishers:

Kobalt Music

Listen to This Shhh

 

Memories

 

Writers:

Jacob "JKash" Hindlin

Stefan Johnson

Vincent Ford

 

Publishers:

1916 Publishing LLC

Kobalt Music

Prescription Songs

Primary Wave/Blue Mountain

Rap Kingpin Music

 

The Middle

 

Writers:

Anton Zaslavski

Stefan Johnson

 

Publishers:

1916 Publishing LLC

Kobalt Music

Universal Music Publishing Group

Zedd Music Empire

 

No Guidance

 

Writers:

Anderson “Vinylz” Hernandez

Joshua "J-Louis" Huizar

Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels

Michee “Che Ecru” Lebrun

Noah "40" Shebib

 

Publishers:

1Damentional Publishing

J-Louis Productions LLC

Kobalt Music

Roncesvalles Music Publishing

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Vinylz Music Group LLC

Warner Chappell Music

 

Old Town Road (Remix) Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus

 

Writers:

Jozzy (read our interview with her about "Old Town Road"

Trent Reznor

 

Publishers:

Form and Texture Inc.

Kobalt Music

Songs by MPA Music Publishing Accelerator

 

Only Human

 

Writer:

Shellback

 

Publisher:

Kobalt Music

 

Panini

 

Writer:

Oladipo "Dot Da Genius" Omishore

 

Publishers:

BMG

Owo Olorun

 

Please Me

 

Writers:

Cardi B

James Fauntleroy

Jeremy “Jermbeats” Reeves

Ray Charles McCullough II

 

Publishers:

Beach Wave Publishing

Charm N Hammer Music

eOne Music Publishing

Ownership Is an Illusion

Reservoir

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Sumphu

Warner Chappell Music

Washpoppin Inc

 

Señorita

 

Writer:

Charlotte Aitchison

 

Publishers:

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Stellar Sun Songs

 

Shallow

 

Writer:

Anthony Rossomando

 

Publishers:

Downtown DLJ Songs

Stephaniesays Music

Universal Music Publishing Group

Warner Olive Music Group

 

Sicko Mode

 

Writers:

Ali Shaheed Muhammad

DJ Premier

Easy Mo Bee

Keith "Guru" Elam

Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor

The Notorious B.I.G.

Ozan "Oz" Yildirim

Q-Tip

Sticky Fingaz  

 

Publishers:

111 Posse Music Inc

B I G Poppa

Concord Music Publishing

Gifted Pearl Music Inc

Janice Combs Publishing

Jazz Merchant Music

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

These Are Songs of Pulse

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

Someone You Loved

 

Writers:

Ben Kohn

Lewis Capaldi

Pete ‘Merf’ Kelleher

 

Publisher:

BMG

 

Speechless

 

Writers:

Dan Smyers    

Jordan Reynolds

 

Publishers:

Beats and Banjos

Buckeye26

Jreyn Music

Warner Chappell Music

 

Sucker

 

Writer:

Louis Bell

 

Publisher:

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

 

Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

 

Writers:

Billy Walsh

Louis Bell

 

Publishers:

Nyan King Music

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Twenty Fifteen Avenue Music, Inc.

WMMW Publishing

 

Sweet but Psycho

 

Writers:

Andreas «Tix» Haukeland

Henry “Cirkut” Walter

Madison Emiko Love

 

Publishers:

Artist Publishing Group

Cirkut Breaker

Kobalt Music

Livemadlove

Prescription Songs

 

Thank U, Next

 

Writers:

Ariana Grande

Charles “Scootie” Anderson

Njomza Vitia  

Tommy Brown

Victoria Monét

 

Publishers:

BMG

Grandarimusic 

The Hillstorian

Kobalt Music

Owsla Trax

Avex USA obo Songs of Avex (ASCAP)

TBHitsville Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group

Victoria Monét Music

 

Trampoline

 

Publishers:

Ernst Lee Ernst

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

 

Trip

 

Writer:

Varren Wade

 

Publisher:

Concord Music Publishing  

 

Wake Up in the Sky

 

Writer:

Gucci Mane

 

Publishers:

Radric Davis Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

Walk Me Home

 

Writers:

Nate Ruess

Scott Harris

 

Publishers:

Bearvon Music

Fueled by Music

Harris123 Publishing

Warner Chappell Music

 

Without Me

 

Writers:

Amy Allen

Justin Timberlake

Louis Bell

Scott Storch

Timbaland

 

Publishers:

Artist Publishing Group

Kenny + Betty Tunes

Kobalt Music

Reservoir

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Superreal Publishing

Tennman Tunes

Universal Music Publishing Group

Warner Chappell Music

 

Wow.

 

Writers:

Billy Walsh

Louis Bell

 

Publishers:

Nyan King Music

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

WMMW Publishing

 

Youngblood

 

Writer:

Louis Bell

 

Publisher:

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

 

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