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BMI Honors The Bee Gees as Icons at 55th Annual Pop Awards

Posted in News on May 16, 2007

Kara DioGuardi, Sean Garrett Share Songwriter of The Year Honors; “Because of You” Named Song of The Year; Warner/Chappell Music Takes Publisher of The Year Accolades

BMI staged its 55th Annual Pop Awards on May 15, honoring the Bee Gees as Pop Icons; Kara DioGuardi and Sean Garrett as Songwriters of the Year; “Because of You” as Song of the Year; and Warner/Chappell Music as Publisher of the Year. Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and BMI Vice President/General Manager, Los Angeles, Barbara Cane and held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the black-tie, invitation-only dinner recognized the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most performed pop songs from BMI’s catalog of more than 6.5 million compositions.

A highlight of the ceremony was the musical tribute to legendary singing trio the Bee Gees. The brothers Gibb were honored as BMI Icons for their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Accepting the awards were Barry and Robin Gibb, and Yvonne Gibb, wife of the late Maurice Gibb. The tribute saw American Idol finalist Katharine McPhee perform “Immortality,” Bebe Winans singing a medley of “Nights on Broadway” and “How Deep Is Your Love” and Kelly Rowland performing “Emotion.” The musical partnership of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb has produced some of the most timeless songs ever written, including “Night Fever,” “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” “Staying Alive,” “I Started a Joke,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “Jive Talkin,” “You Should Be Dancing” and “Run To Me.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees signature three-part harmony has endured for more than four decades, and with this award they join an elite list of previous BMI Icons that includes Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, James Brown, Brian Wilson, Isaac Hayes, Dolly Parton and Carlos Santana.

  • Kara DioGuardi
  • Sean Garrett
  • Ben Moody

Kara DioGuardi and Sean Garrett tied for the coveted BMI Songwriter of the Year title, placing three songs each in the most performed list of 50. The trio of tracks earning DioGuardi her first Songwriter of the Year Crystal includes “Real Thing” (Bo Bice),“Walk Away” (Kelly Clarkson) and “I’m Feeling You” (Santana featuring The Wreckers). Tonight marked her seventh BMI award; she received a BMI Latin Award in March. Garrett picked up his first Pop Songwriter of the Year Crystal for penning “Run It!” (Chris Brown), “Check On It” (Beyoncé featuring Slim Thug) and “Grillz” (Nelly featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp). Garrett now holds 12 BMI Awards in both the Pop and Urban categories, including being named one of the BMI Top 10 Urban Producers at last year’s honors.

“Because of You,” co-written by BMI songwriters Ben Moody and David Hodges, along with Kelly Clarkson, and published by 12:06 Publishing, Smellslikemetal Publishing, EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. and Dwight Frye Music, Inc., was named BMI Pop Song of the Year for scoring the most airplay of any song on the most-performed list during the award period. “Because of You” earned the trio a huge top ten Billboard Hot 100 hit and the #1 spot on Top 40 radio, where it spent six weeks at the peak position, and was included on Clarkson’s second release, Breakaway.

  • David Hodges
  • AFI
  • James Blunt

Warner/Chappell Music (Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. & Unichappell Music, Inc) claimed its BMI Pop Publisher of the Year prize with 11 songs on the top 50 list and the highest percentage of copyright ownership of this year’s awards. Warner/Chappell Music CEO Dave Johnson accepted the company’s 13th BMI Pop Publisher of the Year Crystal.

BMI also recognized the performance achievements of two other songs: “Miss Murder,” which earned Most Performed Song on College Radio kudos for AFI’s Hunter Burgan, Adam Carson, Davey Havok, Jade Puget and Ex Noctem Nacimur Music (publishers); and “You’re Beautiful,” BMI’s Internet Song of the Year award for songwriters James Blunt (PRS), Amanda Ghost (PRS), Sacha Skarbek (PRS), and David Platz Music, Inc., EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc., Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc., for tallying the most hits on BMI-licensed web sites during the award period.

  • Amanda Ghost
  • Sacha Skarbek
  • Emily Shackelton

Taking home two BMI Pop Awards each were Fall Out Boy’s Andrew Hurley, Patrick Stump, Joe Trohman and Pete Wentz; Mariah Carey; Ne-Yo; and Nickelback members Daniel Adair, Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger and Ryan Peake (all SOCAN). Publishing companies EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing (Irving Music/Songs of Universal, Inc./Universal-Songs of Polygram International, Inc.), BMG Music Group (Killer Tracks/Zomba Songs), Sony/ATV Songs LLC, K’Stuff Publishing, Chicago X Softcore Songs, Rye Songs, and Super Sayin’ Publishing were each cited for multiple award-winning songs.

The BMI Foundation’s 10th Annual John Lennon Scholarship was presented to 21-year-old Berklee College of Music student Emily Shackelton. A native of Northern Minnesota, she was awarded a $10,000 scholarship for her song “Goodbye” by the Foundation. Established in 1997 by Yoko Ono in conjunction with the BMI Foundation and matched by generous donations from Gibson Musical Instruments, the John Lennon Scholarship program recognizes the talent of young songwriters between the ages of 15 and 24.

High-resolution photos will be available on May 16 at press.bmi.com. To request access, please contact mediarelations@bmi.com.

Below is the complete list of 2007 BMI Pop Music Awards winners:

BAD DAY
Daniel Powter
Song 6 Music
Daniel Powter
Warner Bros. Records

BECAUSE OF YOU
David Hodges
Ben Moody
12:06 Publishing
Dwight Frye Music, Inc.
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Smellslikemetal Publishing
Kelly Clarkson
RCA/RMG

BEST OF YOU
Dave Grohl
Nate Mendel
Chris Shiflett
Flying Earform Music
I Love Punk Rock Music
MJ Twelve Music
Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.
Foo Fighters
RCA/RMG

BEVERLY HILLS (2nd Award)
Rivers Cuomo
E. O. Smith Music
Weezer
Geffen Records

BLACK HORSE AND THE CHERRY TREE
KT Tunstall
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
KT Tunstall
Virgin Records

CHECK ON IT
Sean Garrett
Slim Thug
Colpix Music, Inc.
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Slim Thug Publishing
Beyoncé featuring Slim Thug
Columbia Records

COOL
Dallas Austin
Cyptron Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Gwen Stefani
Interscope Records

CRAZY
Cee-Lo Green
Gian Piero Reverberi (SIAE)
Gianfranco Reverberi (SIAE)
Killer Tracks
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Gnarls Barkely
Downtown/Lava

DANCE, DANCE
Andrew Hurley
Patrick Stump
Joe Trohman
Pete Wentz
Chicago X Softcore Songs
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Fall Out Boy
IDJMG/Fueled By Ramen/Island

DANI CALIFORNIA
Flea
John Frusciante
Anthony Kiedis
Chad Smith
Moebetoblame Music
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Warner Bros. Records

DON’T FORGET ABOUT US
Mariah Carey
Rye Songs
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Mariah Carey
Island Records

FEEL GOOD INC.
Damon Albarn (PRS)
Jamie Hewlett (PRS)
David Jolicoeur
80’s Kid Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Gorillaz featuring De La Soul
Parlophone/Virgin

GOLD DIGGER
Ray Charles
Renald J. Richard
Kanye West
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Mijac Music
Please Gimme My Publishing, Inc.
Unichappell Music, Inc.
Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
Roc-A-Fella Records

GOOD IS GOOD
Sheryl Crow
Old Crow Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Sheryl Crow
A & M/Interscope Records

GRILLZ
Sean Garrett
Gipp
Rich Harrison
Lil Wayne
T.I.
Dam Rich Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Money Mack Music
Mutant Mindframe Music
Nelly featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp
Derrty/Fo Reel/Universal Records

HIPS DON’T LIE
Jerry "Wonder" Duplessis
Shakira
Aniwi Music LLC
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
JNR Music Publishing, Inc.
Te Bass Music, Inc.
Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
Epic Records

HOME
Alan Chang
Amy Foster-Gillies
Almost October Songs
Ihan Zhan Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Michael Bublé
143 Records/Warner Bros.

I’M FEELING YOU
Michelle Branch
Kara DioGuardi
I’m Still With The Band Music
K’Stuff Publishing
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Santana featuring The Wreckers
Arista/RMG

I’M SPRUNG
T-Pain
Nappypub Music
Zomba Songs
T-Pain
Jive/Zomba

LET ME HOLD YOU
Brenda Russell
Ernest D. "No ID" Wilson
Chrysalis Songs
No I.D. Music Publishing
Lil Bow Wow featuring Omarion
Columbia/Sum

LIKE WE NEVER LOVED AT ALL
Vicky McGehee
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Faith Hill
Warner Bros. Records

LONELY
Gene Allan
Bobby Vinton
Feather Music
Akon
SRC/Universal Records

LOSE CONTROL
Juan Atkins
Richard Davis
Fatman Scoop aka Big Colorado
Curtis Lee Hudson
Big Colorado Music
Deep Space Music
Electro Groove Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Publishing Corporation of America
Spirit One Publishing
Missy Elliott featuring Ciara & Fatman Scoop
Atlantic Records

MS. NEW BOOTY
Michael "Mr. ColliPark" Crooms
D-Roc (Ying Yang Twins)
Kaine (Ying Yang Twins)
Bubba Sparxxx
ColliPark Music
Da Crippler Publishing
E W C Publishing Co.
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Soar Loser Music
Bubba Sparxxx featuring Ying Yang Twins & Mr. ColliPark
New South/Purple Ribbon/Virgin

MY HUMPS
Lynn Tolliver, Jr.
will.i.am
Cherry River Music Co.
Jimi Mac Music
OG Music
will.i.am music, inc.
Black Eyed Peas
A & M/Interscope Records

OH
Don Carlos Price
M. Semaji Music
Ciara featuring Ludacris
Sho’Nuff/Musicline/LaFace/Zomba

ONE WISH
Fred Jerkins
Rodney Jerkins
Ray J
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Ensign Music LLC
Fred Jerkins Publishing
Rodney Jerkins Productions, Inc.
Stop Trying To Copy My Music
Ray J
Knockout/Sanctuary

PHOTOGRAPH
Daniel Adair (SOCAN)
Chad Kroeger (SOCAN)
Mike Kroeger (SOCAN)
Ryan Peake (SOCAN)
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Nickelback
Roadrunner/IDJMG Records

PROBABLY WOULDN’T BE THIS WAY
Tammi Kidd
Irving Music
LeAnn Rimes
Asylum/Curb

THE REAL THING
Kara DioGuardi
Marti Frederiksen
K’Stuff Publishing
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
White Pearl Songs
Bo Bice
RCA/RMG

RUN IT!
Sean Garrett
Hitco Music
Team S Dot Publishing
Chris Brown
Jive/Zomba


S O S
Evan Bogart
Edward Cobb
Jonathan "JR" Rotem
Embassy Music Corporation
Here’s Lookin’ At You Kidd Music
Jonathan Rotem Music
Reach Global Songs
Southside Independent Music Publishing LLC
Rihanna
SRP/Def Jam/IDJMG

SAVIN’ ME
Daniel Adair (SOCAN)
Chad Kroeger (SOCAN)
Mike Kroeger (SOCAN)
Ryan Peake (SOCAN)
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Nickelback
Roadrunner/IDJMG Records

SHAKE IT OFF
Mariah Carey
Rye Songs
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Mariah Carey
Island Records

SHE SAYS
Howie Day
HKD Music
Howie Day
Epic Records

SO SICK
Ne-Yo
Super Sayin’ Publishing
Zomba Songs
Ne-Yo
Def Jam/IDJMG

SOUL SURVIVOR
Young Jeezy
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Young Jeezy Music
Young Jeezy featuring Akon
Corporate Thugs/Def Jam Records

STICKWITU
Franne Golde
Kasia Livingston
Robert Palmer
Franne Gee Music
Myia’s Koala Bear Music Publishing
Notting Hill Music, Inc.
Parchi Music
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Pussycat Dolls
A & M Records

SUGAR (GIMME SOME)
David Byrne
Trick Daddy
First and Gold Publishing
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Trick Daddy featuring Ludacris & Cee-Lo
Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic

SUGAR, WE’RE GOIN’ DOWN
Andrew Hurley
Patrick Stump
Joe Trohman
Pete Wentz
Chicago X Softcore Songs
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Fall Out Boy
IDJMG/Fueled By Ramen/Island

TALK
Karl Bartos (GEMA)
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Coldplay
Capitol Music Group

UNFAITHFUL
Ne-Yo
Super Sayin’ Publishing
Zomba Songs
Rihanna
SRP/Def Jam/IDJMG

UNWRITTEN
Natasha Bedingfield (PRS)
Danielle Brisebois
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Gator Baby
Natasha Bedingfield
Epic Records

WALK AWAY
Kara DioGuardi
K’Stuff Publishing
Kelly Clarkson
RCA/RMG

WHAT HURTS THE MOST
Jeffrey Steele
Gottahaveable Music
Songs of Windswept Pacific
Rascal Flatts
Lyric Street

WHEN THE STARS GO BLUE
Ryan Adams
Barland Music
Tim McGraw
Curb Records

WHERE’D YOU GO
Mike Shinoda
Kenji Kobayashi Music
Zomba Songs
Fort Minor featuring Holly Brook & Jonah Matranga
Machine Shop/WB

YOU AND ME (2nd Award)
Jude Cole
Jason Wade
Dimensional Songs of the Knoll
G-Chills Music
Jude Cole Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Lifehouse
Geffen Records

YOU ‘RE BEAUTIFUL
James Blunt (PRS)
Amanda Ghost (PRS)
Sacha Skarbek
David Platz Music, Inc.
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.
James Blunt
Atlantic Records

YOUR BODY
Bigg D
Marcus "Pleasure" Cooper
Jim Jonsin
Corey "Slick’ Em" Mathis
Diamond "Baby Blue" Smith
Joseph "Blue" Smith
Spectacular Smith
Black Boy Hatchet Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Pretty Ricky
Atlantic Records

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