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3 Doors Down, Lil Jon, EMI Top BMI Pop Awards; Paul Simon Honored as Icon

Posted in News on May 17, 2005

BMI announced its 53rd Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 17, with top honors given to 3 Doors Down's "Here Without You" as Song of the Year, Lil Jon as Songwriter of the Year, and EMI Music Publishing as Publisher of the Year.

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2005 Lennon Scholarship Winners

Del Bryant, President & CEO, and Barbara Cane, Vice President & General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations, Los Angeles, hosted the dinner event. The writers and publishers of the 50 most performed songs of the past year were recognized, plus the overall song, songwriter and publisher winners. A highlight of the gala, staged at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, was a tribute to songwriter/artist Paul Simon, who was named a BMI Icon.

3 Doors DownLil Jon

"Here Without You" won the title of BMI Pop Song of the Year, with songwriters Brad Arnold, Todd Harrell, Chris Henderson and Matt Roberts of the group 3 Doors Down accepting; this distinction is given to the song tallying the most feature broadcast performances during the eligibility period. Published by Escatawpa Songs and Songs of Universal, Inc. and included on 3 Doors Down's Republic/Universal CD Away From the Sun, "Here Without You" has already been certified as a BMI Million-Air (with two million broadcast performances) and was previously honored as BMI's 2004 Most Performed Song on College Radio. Lead singer Brad Arnold was also named Songwriter of the Year at the 2002 BMI Pop Awards.

NickelbackPaul Simon

Lil Jon wrote four songs on the Most Performed List of 50 to collect the BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year crown. The songs earning him the title were "Damn!" (YoungBloodZ featuring Lil Jon), "Freek-A-Leek" (Petey Pablo), "Get Low" (Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring the Ying Yang Twins) and "Yeah!" (Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon).

Of the 88 songwriters who received 2005 BMI Pop Awards, two were triple winners: Chad Kroeger (SOCAN) of Nickelback and Sham. Other writer/artists earning awards included Michelle Branch, Five for Fighting, Linkin Park, Sarah McLachlan, Pete Townshend (PRS), Shania Twain, Maroon 5, Los Lonely Boys, R. Kelly, Seal (PRS), Lil' Kim, Evanescence, the White Stripes, Fountains of Wayne, Mario Winans and the Black Eyed Peas.

Paul Simon was saluted as a BMI Icon for his "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." In a career dating back to the 1950s, Paul Simon has established himself among the best and most popular songwriters of the rock era. His songs have bookmarked moments in the lives of millions, whether with words of love, longing, humor, politics or, above all, hope. He has incorporated the rhythms of his native New York with those from as far away as Brazil and South Africa.

For his efforts, he is a 12-time Grammy winner, a two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee (as Simon & Garfunkel and as a solo artist), the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, an Oscar nominee, an Emmy Award winner, and the much-honored co-founder of the Children's Health Fund. His songwriting catalog has earned 39 BMI Awards -- including multiple citations for "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Mrs. Robinson," "Scarborough Fair" and "The Sound of Silence" -- and amassed nearly 75 million broadcast airplays, according to BMI surveys.

After a video tribute, the musical salute to Simon featured performances by 2004 Icon recipient Brian Wilson (who sang "The Sound of Silence"), British sensation Joss Stone ("Mother and Child Reunion"), Adam Levine and James Valentine of the Grammy-winning band Maroon 5 ("Homeward Bound") and soul gospel diva Yolanda Adams ("Bridge Over Troubled Water").

Simon enters the elite company of previously praised BMI Icons, including Bill Anderson, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Isaac Hayes, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Loretta Lynn, Carlos Santana, Dolly Parton, Al Green, Van Morrison and Brian Wilson.

EMI Music Publishing (EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc./EMI-Stone Agate Music), with 11 award songs, claimed the BMI Pop Publisher of the Year prize, given to the publishing concern with the highest percentage of copyright ownership in award songs. EMI's winning songs were "100 Years," "Bright Lights," "Damn!," "Freek-A-Leek," "Get Low," "Heaven," "I Don't Wanna Know," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Into You," "Unwell" and "Where Is the Love." EMI Chairman & CEO Martin Bandier accepted the crystal trophy.

Other publishers garnering three or more awards were Universal Music Publishing (Irving Music/Songs of Universal, Inc./Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.); Warner/Chappell Music Group (Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. and Rick's Music, Inc.); Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc./Loco De Amor Music/Zomba Songs Inc.; and White Rhino Music.

In addition to Song of the Year "Here Without You," BMI recognized the performance achievements of two other songs. "Someday" by Nickelback earned Most Performed Song on College Radio kudos for songwriters Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake and Ryan Vikedal of the group and publisher Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," the most performed composition in BMI's repertoire of 6.5 million musical works, was certified as a 10 Million-Air, meaning it has been broadcast 10 million times. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" was written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and published by ABKCO Music, Inc., Mother Bertha Music, Inc., and Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc.

Phil SpectorBarry Mann and Cynthia Weil

Another special presentation was the announcement of the First Place winner of the 2005 John Lennon Scholarship Awards. Sydney Price, a 17-year-old junior at Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in


Below is the complete list of 2005 BMI Pop Music Awards winners:

Most Performed 50 Songs of the past year

100 YEARS
John Ondrasik
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Five For Fighting Music
Five For Fighting
Aware/Columbia

AWAY FROM THE SUN
Brad Arnold
Todd Harrell
Chris Henderson
Matt Roberts
Escatawpa Songs
Songs of Universal, Inc.
3 Doors Down
Republic/Universal Records

BABY BOY
Ini Kamoze
Hottis, We Do Hits
Irving Music
Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul
Columbia Records

BEHIND BLUE EYES
Pete Townshend (PRS)
ABKCO Music, Inc.
Suolubaf Music
Towser Tunes, Inc.
Limp Bizkit
Interscope/Flip

BREATHE
Michelle Branch
I'm Still With The Band Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Michelle Branch
Maverick/Warner Bros.

BRIGHT LIGHTS
Rob Thomas
Bidnis, Inc.
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Matchbox Twenty
Island Records

DAMN!
Bo Hagon
Lil Jon
Craig D. Love
C’Amore Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Swizole Music
White Rhino Music
YoungBloodZ featuring Lil Jon
Arista Records

FAINT
Chester Bennington
Rob Bourdon
Brad Delson
Dave Farrell
Joe Hahn
Mike Shinoda
Big Bad Mr. Hahn Music
Chesterchaz Publishing
Kenji Kobayashi Music
Nondisclosure Agreement Music
Pancakey Cakes Music
Rob Bourdon Music
Zomba Songs Inc.
Linkin Park
Warner Bros. Records

FALLEN
Sarah McLachlan
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Sarah McLachlan
Arista Records

FALLS ON ME
Carl Bell
Pener Pig Publishing
Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.
Fuel
Epic Records

FIGURED YOU OUT
Chad Kroeger (SOCAN)
Mike Kroeger (SOCAN)
Ryan Peake (SOCAN)
Ryan Vikedal (SOCAN)
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Nickelback
Roadrunner/IDJMG Records

FOREVER AND FOR ALWAYS (2nd Award)
Shania Twain
Loon Echo, Inc.
Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.
Shania Twain
Mercury Nashville

FREEK-A-LEEK
Lil Jon
Craig D. Love
C’Amore Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Swizole Music
White Rhino Music
Petey Pablo
Jive Records

GET LOW
D-Roc (Ying Yang Twins)
Kaine (Ying Yang Twins)
Lil Jon
Collipark Music
Da Crippler Publishing
E W C Publishing Co.
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
White Rhino Music
Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins
BME/TVT Records

HARDER TO BREATHE
Jesse Carmichael
Ryan Dusick
Adam Levine
Mickey Madden
Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc.
February Twenty Second Music
Maroon 5
Octone/J Records

HEAVEN
Patrick Dahlheimer
Chad Gracey
Ed Kowalczyk
Chad Taylor
Loco De Amor Music
Live
Radioactive/MCA Records

HEAVEN
Henry Garza
Jojo Garza
Ringo Garza
Either Or Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Garza Bros. Music
Los Lonely Boys
Epic Records

HERE WITHOUT YOU
Brad Arnold
Todd Harrell
Chris Henderson
Matt Roberts
Escatawpa Songs
Songs of Universal, Inc.
3 Doors Down
Republic/Universal Records

HOLIDAE IN
Sham
Irving Music
Chingy featuring Snoop Dogg & Ludacris
Disturbing Tha Peace/Capitol Records

HOTEL
Bernard Edwards
R. Kelly
Nile Rodgers
Bernard's Other Music
R. Kelly Publishing, Inc.
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Zomba Songs Inc.
Cassidy featuring R. Kelly
Full Surface/J Records

I AM THE HIGHWAY
Tim Commerford
Tom Morello
Brad Wilk
LBV Songs
Me Three Publishing
Melee Savvy Music
Audioslave
Interscope/Epic Records

I DON'T WANNA KNOW
Enya (PRS)
Nicky Ryan (PRS)
Roma Ryan (PRS)
Mario Winans
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Janice Combs Music
Marsky Music
Mario Winans featuring P. Diddy & Enya
Universal Records

I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
Barrett Strong
Norman Whitfield
EMI-Stone Agate Music
Michael McDonald
Motown Records

I KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
Busta Rhymes
Rampage
Ensign Music Corporation
Ramp Music
Tziah Music
Busta Rhymes featuring Mariah Carey & the Flipmode Squad
J Records

INTO YOU
DJ Clue
Ken "Duro" Ifill
Tim Kelley
Bob Robinson
Duro Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Mr. Manatti Music
Songs of the Knoll
Time for Flytes Music
Fabolous featuring Tamia
Elektra Records

IT'S MY LIFE
Mark Hollis (PRS)
Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.
No Doubt
Interscope Records

LOVE'S DIVINE
Mark Batson
Seal (PRS)
Bat Future Music
SPZ Music, Inc.
Seal
Warner Bros. Records

MAGIC STICK
Kimberly "Lil' Kim" Jones
Phillip Mitchell
Muscle Shoals Sound Publishing
Notorious Kim Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Lil' Kim featuring 50 Cent
Queen Bee/Atlantic Records

MY IMMORTAL
David Hodges
Amy Lee
Ben Moody
Dwight Frye Music, Inc.
Forthefallen Publishing
Zombies Ate My Publishing
Evanescence
Wind-Up Records

NAUGHTY GIRL
Peter Bellotte (GEMA)
Giorgio Moroder (GEMA)
Rick's Music, Inc.
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Beyoncé
Columbia Records

NO LETTING GO
Wayne Wonder
Singso WW Music
Wayne Wonder
Greensleeves Records

NUMB
Chester Bennington
Rob Bourdon
Brad Delson
Dave Farrell
Joe Hahn
Mike Shinoda
Big Bad Mr. Hahn Music
Chesterchaz Publishing
Kenji Kobayashi Music
Nondisclosure Agreement Music
Pancakey Cakes Music
Rob Bourdon Music
Zomba Songs Inc.
Linkin Park
Warner Bros. Records

ONE CALL AWAY
Sham
Irving Music
Chingy featuring Jason Weaver
Disturbing Tha Peace/Capitol Records

RIGHT THURR
Sham
Irving Music
Chingy
Disturbing Tha Peace/Priority Records

ROCK WIT U (AWWW BABY)
Irv Gotti
D J Irv Publishing
Ensign Music Corporation
Ashanti
The Inc./Def Jam

SEVEN NATION ARMY
Jack White
Peppermint Stripe Music
The White Stripes
Third Man/V2

SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE
Tim Commerford
Tom Morello
Brad Wilk
LBV Songs
Me Three Publishing
Melee Savvy Music
Audioslave
Interscope/Epic Records

SOMEDAY
Chad Kroeger (SOCAN)
Mike Kroeger (SOCAN)
Ryan Peake (SOCAN)
Ryan Vikedal (SOCAN)
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Nickelback
Roadrunner/IDJMG Records

STACY'S MOM
Chris Collingwood
Monkey Demon Publishing
Fountains of Wayne
S-Curve/Virgin Records

SUGA SUGA
Baby Bash
Frankie J
Jumping Bean Songs
Latino Velvet Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Soulsick Muzik
Baby Bash featuring Frankie J
Universal Records

(THERE'S GOTTA BE) MORE TO LIFE
Lucy Woodward
Diesel Liesel Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Stacie Orrico
Virgin/ForeFront Records

THIS LOVE
Jesse Carmichael
Ryan Dusick
Adam Levine
Mickey Madden
Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc.
February Twenty Second Music
Maroon 5
Octone/J Records

THIS ONE'S FOR THE GIRLS
Aimee Mayo
Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc.
Silverkiss Music
Martina McBride
RCA Nashville/RLG

UNWELL (2nd Award)
Rob Thomas
Bidnis, Inc.
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Matchbox Twenty
Atlantic Records

THE WAY YOU MOVE
Patrick "Sleepy" Brown
Carlton "Carl Mo" Mahone, Jr.
Carl Mo Music
Hitco Music
Organized Noize Music
OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown
Arista Records

WHERE IS THE LOVE
apl.de.ap
Printz Board
Mike Fratantuno
George Pajon
Taboo
will.i.am
Cherry River Music Co.
El Cubano Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Jeepney Music, Inc.
Nawasha Networks Publishing
Printz Polar Publishing
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Tuono Music
will.i.am music, inc.
Black Eyed Peas
A & M/Interscope Records

WHY CAN'T I
Lauren Christy
Scott Spock
Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc.
Rainbow Fish Publishing
Scott Spock Songs
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Liz Phair
Capitol Records

WHY DON'T YOU AND I
Chad Kroeger (SOCAN)
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Santana featuring Alex Band
Arista Records

YEAH!
Sean Garrett
Lil Jon
Patrick "j.Que" Smith
Christopher Matthew Music
Hitco Music
White Rhino Music
Usher featuring Ludacris & Lil Jon
Arista Records

YOU RAISE ME UP
Brendan Graham (IMRO)
peermusic
Josh Groban
Warner Bros. Records

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