Nate Ruess To Receive Hal David Starlight Award At Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction
March 18, 2015 at 12:27 PM (PT)
FUN.'s NATE RUESS will be the recipient of the prestigious HAL DAVID STARLIGHT AWARD, to be presented at the 46th annual SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION AND AWARDS DINNER slated for THURSDAY, JUNE 18th at the MARRIOTT MARQUIS HOTEL in NEW YORK CITY (NET NEWS, 2/18).
The honor, created in 2004, was named for SHOF Chairman Emeritus HAL DAVID, for his longtime support of young songwriters. Award recipients are gifted young songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs. RUESS joins the company of 2014 honoree IMAGINE DRAGONS’ DAN REYNOLDS, TAYLOR SWIFT, JOHN LEGEND, ALICIA KEYS, NE-YO, DRAKE, BENNY BLANCO, JASON MRAZ, JOHN MAYER, ROB THOMAS and JOHN RZEZNIK,
“I believe that HAL DAVID would have been delighted with the choice of NATE RUESS as the 2015 STARLIGHT AWARD recipient. NATE’s lyrics are clever, warm and accessible and his music is sophisticated and memorable,” said SHOF President/CEO LINDA MORAN. “Whether it’s the blockbuster hits he created with FUN. or the powerful new single from his debut solo album, NATE is a real force in pop music for today and the future."
As the frontman of the band FUN., RUESS earned two Grammy wins for the 2012 album "Some Nights," including BEST NEW ARTIST and SONG OF THE YEAR for the 7x-RIAA platinum, “We Are Young.”
RUESS also earned a GRAMMY nomination for “Just Give Me A Reason,” his writing and performance collaboration with P!NK. The two performed the song, which was certified 4x platinum in the U.S. and sold more than 9 million singles worldwide, at the GRAMMY AWARDS
More recently, RUESS collaborated with EMINEM on his song “Headlights” and co-wrote on KESHA's “Die Young” and ZEDD’s “Stay The Night" feat. HAYLEY WILLIAMS, as well as on projects with MAROON 5 and ELLIE GOULDING. He is currently in the studio completing his first solo album, due out this summer, which will include the first single, “Nothing Without Love.”
Inductees at this year’s event include BOBBY BRADDOCK, WILLIE DIXON, ROBERT HUNTER & JERRY GARCIA, TOBY KEITH, CYNDI LAUPER and LINDA PERRY.