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When Clever is Too Clever in Songwriting

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From MusicWorld, posted 11.15.17 Before addressing what might constitute being “too clever” in lyrics, I’ll begin by defining what I mean by “clever” lyrics. For the purposes of this article I’m referring to songs with lyrics that are witty, tongue-in-cheek, humorous, or amusing. These are in contrast to those that fall into the category… Read more...


Jay Kay and Top Songwriters Honored at 2017 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 10.09.17 BMI tonight proudly honored internationally-celebrated musician and songwriter Jay Kay (of Jamiroquai) with the BMI President’s Award at the 2017 BMI London Awards. Music industry guests including Naughty Boy, Foals and Bipolar Sunshine filled London’s Dorchester hotel to celebrate UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs… Read more...


Sting and Top Songwriters Honored at 2016 BMI London Awards

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From News, posted 10.10.16 BMI proudly honored internationally-celebrated songwriter Sting as a BMI Icon today at the 2016 BMI London Awards. Music industry guests including Hozier, Rudimental, Snow Patrol, Disciples and Wayne Hector filled London’s Dorchester hotel to celebrate the UK and European songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs of 2015 on… Read more...


British Songwriters Lead the Race for Song of the Year

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From News, posted 10.06.16 Adele’s “Hello” is in the running to be crowned Song of the Year at this year’s BMI London Awards, due to be held at The Dorchester on October 10. Ellie Goulding’s “On My Mind,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and George Ezra’s “Budapest” are also among those in contention for… Read more...


Composer James Newton Howard Honored as BMI Icon at 2016 Film/TV Awards

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From News, posted 5.12.16 BMI proudly presented its Icon Award to music creator James Newton Howard at the Company’s annual Film/TV Awards, held last night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The ceremony was hosted by BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations, Doreen Ringer-Ross, and BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill, who… Read more...


BMI Honors Taylor Swift and Legendary Songwriting Duo Mann & Weil at the 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards

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From News, posted 5.11.16 BMI celebrated the songwriters and publishers behind the year’s most-performed pop songs at the 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards last night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Global superstar Taylor Swift was presented with the first-ever Taylor Swift Award, a special award bearing her name in recognition… Read more...


BMI and SCL Celebrate 2016 Oscar Nominees in West Hollywood

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From News, posted 2.29.16 The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) hosted its annual Champagne Reception in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Music Branch Governors, on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at La Bohéme in West Hollywood, CA. The gathering celebrated the music nominees for this year’s Academy Awards. The… Read more...


BMI Congratulates Oscar Winner Sam Smith

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From News, posted 2.29.16 The 88th Annual Academy Awards celebration at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood last night confirmed what BMI has known all along – our composers and songwriters are the best in the business! After delivering a stunning performance of his award-winning track, Sam Smith (BMI via PRS), received his first Oscar… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2016 Oscar Nominees

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From News, posted 1.14.16 The stars will be out for the 88th annual Academy Awards celebration at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 28, with BMI composers and songwriters who are nominated shining just as brightly. This year’s BMI nominees for Best Original Score are renowned composers Thomas Newman and John Williams. Newman,… Read more...


Big Wins for BMI Songwriters at 2016 Golden Globes

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From News, posted 1.11.16 Last night on NBC, multitudes of film and TV fans watched as Sam Smith humbly accepted his first Golden Globe for Best Original Song, “Writings on the Wall,” from the blockbuster film Spectre. Smith, a PRS affiliate who licenses his music in the United States through BMI, has certainly had… Read more...


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