BMI Honors Taylor Swift, Mann & Weil At 64th Annual Pop Awards
May 12, 2016 at 12:44 PM (PT)
BMI honored TAYLOR SWIFT with its first-ever TAYLOR SWIFT AWARD in recognition of her "incomparable creative and artistic talent and influence on music lovers around the world" at TUESDAY night's 64th ANNUAL BMI POP AWARDS, at the BEVERLY WILSHIRE HOTEL in BEVERLY HILLS, CA.
This was only the second time in BMI’s 76-year history that the company has presented an award in someone’s name. The first was to MICHAEL JACKSON in 1990.
The accomplished lyricist also took home the coveted BMI POP SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR title once again for penning four of the year’s most-performed songs from her hit album "1989," “Bad Blood,” “Blank Space,” “Style,” and “Wildest Dreams.”
Songwriting legends BARRY MANN and CYNTHIA WEIL were awarded the BMI ICON AWARD for their indelible contributions to the craft of songwriting. The SOCAL VOCALS, USC's premier a capella group, paid homage to the prolific songwriting team by performing a medley of the duo's most iconic songs, including “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place,” “Just Once,” “You’re My Soul and Inspiration,” “On Broadway,” “Somewhere Out There” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.”
Throughout the evening, the 50 best performing songs in BMI’s vast catalogue were named leading up to the announcement of the BMI Pop Song Of The Year, shared by JEFF BHASKER, DEVON GALLASPY, TRINIDAD JAMES, MARK RONSON, LONNIE SIMMONS, RUDY TAYLOR, CHARLIE WILSON, ROBERT WILSON and RONNIE WILSON for the GRAMMY-winning "Uptown Funk." SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING claimed the prestigious BMI Pop Publisher of the Year crystal with 23 of year’s most performed songs.
The event was hosted by BMI President/CEO MIKE O’NEILL and BMI VP Writer/Publisher Relations BARBARA CANE. For a complete list of 2016 winners, visit bmi.com.