Fogerty Honored, Swift And RedOne Win At BMI Awards
May 19, 2010 at 6:35 AM (PT)
BMI held its 58th annual Pop Music Awards last night (5/18) at the BEVERLY WILSHIRE HOTEL in LOS ANGELES. JOHN FOGERTY was celebrated as a BMI Icon; LADY GAGA songwriter REDONE claimed his first-ever Songwriter of the Year crown; and "Love Story" earned Song of the Year for its songwriter and recording artist TAYLOR SWIFT and publisher SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING. At 20, SWIFT is the youngest songwriter ever to win BMI Pop Song of the Year.
WARNER-TAMERLANE PUBLISHING CORP. garnered Publisher of the Year.
Hosted by BMI Pres./CEO DEL BRYANT and BMI VP/GM LOS ANGELES BARBARA CANE, the ceremony also saluted the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed pop songs on U.S. radio and television.
BMI Icons are selected because of their "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." As a BMI Icon, JOHN FOGERTY joins ranks that include GAMBLE & HUFF, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, THE JACKSONS, THE BEE GEES, PAUL SIMON, BRIAN WILSON, WILLIE NELSON, JAMES BROWN, CARLOS SANTANA and DOLLY PARTON, among others.
To celebrate, FOGERTY performed a selection of his most-loved hits -- a medley of "Travelin’ Band," "Centerfield," "Don't You Wish It Was True," "Green River," "Rambunctious Boy," and "Up Around the Bend," followed by a version of "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?," and as the finale, a medley comprising "Bad Moon Rising," "Fortunate Son" and "Proud Mary."