The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored the top writer and publisher members of the PRS - the U.K.'s Performing Right Society - at a ceremony held this week at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Hosted by ASCAP Senior Vice President, International Roger Greenaway and Vice President, Membership Seán Devine, the gala dinner and awards presentation honoured those writer and publisher members of the PRS whose repertory is licensed by ASCAP and was among its most performed works in the U.S. during 2006.
"We're very pleased to celebrate the achievements of the writer and publisher members of the PRS whose music is represented by ASCAP in the United States," said Greenaway. "It has been a particular privilege to salute our Songwriter of the Year honorees, Tor and Mikkel, and to welcome the legendary Charles Strouse to our event as he memorably performed a number of his classic songs."
Norwegian songwriters/producers Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen, collectively known as Stargate, earned the coveted title of ASCAP Songwriter of the Year for penning an impressive seven of the most performed songs of the past year: Ne-Yo's "So Sick" and "Sexy Love," Rihanna's "Unfaithful," Kelly Clarkson's "Walk Away," Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable," Lionel Richie's "I Call It Love" and Mario Vazquez's "Gallery." The duo also collected ASCAP's Song of the Year award for Ne-Yo's R&B ballad, "So Sick." Their chart-topping success earned them the title of #1 Hot Producers on the Billboard Year End Chart in 2006. Earlier this year, they picked up a Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann), three ASCAP Pop Music Awards and two ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.
Among the songwriters with multiple award-winning songs were: Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen with seven songs; and Coldplay, Dido and U2 with two songs each.
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Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 300,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with over 90 music rights organizations such that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.
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