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Sting, Michael Kamen Among Those Honored at Gala BMI London Awards

Posted in News on October 23, 2002
BMI President & CEO Frances W. Preston congratulates songwriters Pamela Sheyne, Caroline Corr, Sharon Corr and Samantha Mumba at the Awards.
BMI President & CEO Frances W. Preston congratulates songwriters Pamela Sheyne, Caroline Corr, Sharon Corr and Samantha Mumba at the Awards. Photo: BMI/Brian Rasic

“Thank You” written by Paul Herman, published by Cheeky Music Ltd. and recorded by Dido, was honored October 24 by BMI with the organization’s highest accolade, The Robert S. Musel Award. The Award, named for the US performing rights organization’s long-time UK consultant, annually honors the most performed song of the year written by a member or members of BMI’s European sister organizations.

The gala dinner and awards ceremony, held at the Ballroom of London’s Dorchester Hotel and hosted by BMI President & CEO Frances W. Preston with BMI Vice President of European Writer/Publisher Relations Phillip Graham, included the presentation of awards from 2001. Last year’s dinner, scheduled for September 12, was cancelled due to the tragic events in the United States the previous day. Sting’s “Desert Rose,” published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Magnetic Music, was recognized as the Robert S. Musel Award 2001 Song of the Year.


Pictured are BMI Senior VP Writer/Publisher Relations Del Bryant, Des’ree, BMI President & CEO Frances W. Preston, and BMI VP Europe Phil Graham.

“Clint Eastwood,” written by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd., and recorded by Gorillaz, was named the 2002 College Song of the Year for the most performances on US college radio. Oasis’s “Go Let It Out,” written by Noel Gallagher and published by Oasis Music/Creation Songs Ltd./Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd., was recognized as College Song for the previous year.


Shown at the awards ceremony are BMI VP Europe Phil Graham, BMI President & CEO Frances W. Preston, Paul Herman, and BMI London Associate Director Brandon Bakshi.

UK resident and BMI affiliated composer Michael Kamen was presented with four awards: the special Olympic Flame Award for his theme to the 2002 Winter Olympics, a Cable Award for his score to HBO’s “Band of Brothers,” a four million performance award for “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” and a 2001 Film Music Award for his score to “X-Men.” Receiving three awards were Chris Eaton for his Contemporary Christian songs “Adore,” “Lift Me Up,” and “Live For You” (2001), all published by SGO Music Publishing Ltd.; Pamela Sheyne, with 2001 Pop Awards for “He Loves You Not” and “This Is Me,” published by AppleTreeSongs Ltd. and Warner/Chappell Music Ltd., as well as (2002) “Irresistible” (co-written by Anders Bagge of STIM and co-published by EMI Songs Scandinavia AB, STIM); and Mirwais Ahmadzai (PRS/SACEM), with a 2002 Dance Award and Pop Award for “Don’t Tell Me” and a 2001 Pop Award for “Music,” both published by 1000 Lights Music, Ltd. (SACEM) and Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS).

Additional featured awards for 2002 included a TV Music Award to Pete Townshend’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and to John Lennon for “Providence”; an Urban Award to Dominic Miller and Sting for “Emotional”; a Country Award to Billy Livsey for “If You Can Do Anything Else”; and Film Music Awards to Rolfe Kent for “Legally Blonde,” David Holmes for “Ocean’s Eleven,” Harry Gregson-Williams for “Shrek” and Paul Oakenfold for “Swordfish.” Featured awards for 2001 included a Dance Award to SIAE’s Massimo Gabutti, Maurizio Lobina, Gianfranco Randone and publisher GZ 2538 for “Blue (Da Ba Dee),” a Film Music Award to Gregson-Williams for “Chicken Run,” and a TV Music Award to Townshend for the “CSI” theme.

Three songs were honored for reaching the five million performance plateau. They were “Daniel” by Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and “Layla” by Eric Clapton. Sir Elton received three additional multi-million performance certificates (as well as Pop Awards for “I Want Love” and “Someday Out of the Blue”), and John Lennon was honored with seven Million-Air awards, noting a total of more than 21 million performances of those songs. Rod Argent picked up a four million performance award for his “Time of the Season,” and songwriters Ray Davies and Gary Kemp were honored for three million performances of their “You Really Got Me” and “True,” respectively.

High-resolution photos from the event are available for downloading at press.bmi.com.


Below is the complete list of BMI London Award winners for 2001 and 2002:

ADORE
(2002 Christian Music Award)
Chris Eaton (PRS)
SGO Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

ALL OR NOTHING
(2002 Pop Award)
Wayne Hector (PRS)
Steve Mac (PRS)
Rokstone Music Ltd. (PRS)
Rondor Music (London) Ltd. (PRS)

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL
(2001 2 Million Performances Award)
Roger Waters (PRS)
Artemis Muziekuitgeverij BV (BUMA)

AROUND THE WORLD (LA LA LA LA LA)
(2002 Pop Award)
Alex Christensen (GEMA)
Peter Koenemann (GEMA)
Edition Alex C. Music (GEMA)
EMI Music Publishing Germany (GEMA)

BABY COME ON OVER (THIS IS OUR NIGHT)
(2002 Pop Award)
Samantha Mumba (IMRO)
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

BAND OF BROTHERS
(2002 Cable Award)
Michael Kamen (BMI)

BEND ME, SHAPE ME
(2001 2 Million Performances Award)
Scott English (BMI)

BETTER OFF ALONE
(2001 Pop Award)
Eelke Kalberg (BUMA)
Sebastiaan Molijn (BUMA)
2P's W Music (BUMA)
Universal Music Publishing BV (BUMA)
Violent Publishing BVIO (BUMA)

THE BITCH IS BACK
(2001 2 Million Performances Award)
Sir Elton John (PRS)

BLACK MAGIC WOMAN
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
Peter Green (PRS)
Bourne Music Ltd. (PRS)
King Music Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS)

BLESSED
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
Sir Elton John (PRS)

BLUE (DA BA DEE)
(2001 Dance Award, 2001 Pop Award)
Massimo Gabutti (SIAE)
Maurizio Lobina (SIAE)
Gianfranco Randone (SIAE)
GZ 2538 (SIAE)

BRAND NEW DAY
(2001 Pop Award)
Sting (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Magnetic Music (PRS)

BREATHLESS
(2001 Pop Award)
Andrea Corr (IMRO)
Caroline Corr (IMRO)
James Corr (IMRO)
Sharon Corr (IMRO)

BY YOUR SIDE
(2002 Pop Award)
Paul Denman (PRS)
Andrew Hale (PRS)
Stuart Matthewman (PRS)
Sade (PRS)
Angel Music Ltd. (PRS)
Angel Music/Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

CHICKEN RUN
(2001 Film Music Award)
Harry Gregson-Williams (PRS)

CLINT EASTWOOD
(2002 College Song of the Year, 2002 Pop Award)
Damon Albarn (PRS)
Jamie Hewlett (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

COME TOGETHER
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
John Lennon (PRS)

CROCODILE ROCK
(2002 4 Million Performances Award)
Sir Elton John (PRS)
Bernie Taupin (ASCAP)
Universal Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
(2001 TV Music Award, 2002 TV Music Award)
Pete Townshend (PRS)

DANIEL
(2002 5 Million Performances Award)
Sir Elton John (PRS)
Bernie Taupin (ASCAP)
Universal Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

DESERT ROSE
(2001 Robert S. Musel Award, 2001 Pop Award)
Sting (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Magnetic Music (PRS)

DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
Les Chadwick (PRS)
Les Maguire (PRS)
Fred Marsden (PRS)
Gerry Marsden (PRS)
Universal Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

DON'T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY
(2001 3 Million Performances Award)
Tony Hatch (PRS)
Jackie Trent (PRS)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

DON'T TELL ME
(2002 Dance Award, 2002 Pop Award)
Mirwais Ahmadzai (PRS/SACEM)
1000 Lights Music Ltd. (SACEM)
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

DREAM ON
(2002 Pop Award)
Martin Gore (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

EMOTION
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
Barry Gibb (PRS)
Robin Gibb (PRS)
Gibb Brothers Music/BMG (PRS)

EMOTIONAL
(2002 Urban Award)
Dominic Miller (PRS)
Sting (PRS)
Mario Winans (BMI)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Magnetic Music (PRS)

(EVERYTHING I DO) I DO IT FOR YOU
(2002 4 Million Performances Award)
Michael Kamen (BMI)

GO LET IT OUT
(2001 College Song of the Year)
Noel Gallagher (PRS)
Creation Songs Ltd./Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Oasis Music/Creation Songs Ltd. (PRS)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

GOTTA TELL YOU
(2001 Pop Award)
Samantha Mumba (IMRO)
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
John Lennon (PRS)

HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU
(2001 3 Million Performances Award)
Van Morrison (BMI)
Universal Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

HE LOVES YOU NOT
(2001 Pop Award)
Pamela Sheyne (PRS)
AppleTreeSongs Ltd. (PRS)
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

HEAD OVER HEELS
(2001 2 Million Performances Award)
Roland Orzabal (PRS)
Curt Smith (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

HEY JUDE
(2001 4 Million Performances Award)
John Lennon (PRS)

HIGHER LOVE
(2002 4 Million Performances Award)
Steve Winwood (PRS)
Will Jennings (BMI)
FS Ltd. (PRS)
Rondor Music (London) Ltd. (PRS)

HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART
(2002 4 Million Performances Award)
Barry Gibb (PRS)
Robin Gibb (PRS)
Gibb Brothers Music/BMG (PRS)

(I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION
(2002 5 Million Performances Award)
Sir Mick Jagger (PRS)
Keith Richards (PRS)

I WANNA BE WITH YOU
(2001 Pop Award)
Shelly Peiken (BMI)
Hit & Run/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

I WANT LOVE
(2002 Pop Award)
Sir Elton John (PRS)

IF YOU CAN DO ANYTHING ELSE
(2002 Country Award)
Billy Livsey (PRS)

IN YOUR EYES
(2001 2 Million Performances Award)
Peter Gabriel (PRS)
Real World Music Ltd. (PRS)

IRRESISTIBLE
(2002 Pop Award)
Anders Bagge (STIM)
Pamela Sheyne (PRS)
AppleTreeSongs Ltd. (PRS)
EMI Songs Scandinavia AB (STIM)
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. (PRS)

IT FEELS SO GOOD
(2001 Pop Award)
Simon Belofsky (PRS)
Graeme Pleeth (PRS)
Edition Kosmo BMG (GEMA)

IT'S NOT UNUSUAL
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
Gordon Mills (PRS) Deceased
Les Reed (PRS)
Universal Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Valley Music Ltd. (PRS)

I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU
(2001 2 Million Performances Award)
Jimmy Chambers (PRS)
George Chandler (PRS)
Jimmy Helms (PRS)
Willy M (PRS)
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

JUMPIN' JACK FLASH
(2001 3 Million Performances Award)
Sir Mick Jagger (PRS)
Keith Richards (PRS)

KISS FROM A ROSE
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
Seal (PRS)
Perfect Songs Ltd. (PRS)

LAYLA
(2002 5 Million Performances Award)
Eric Clapton (PRS)
Jim Gordon (BMI)
E.C. Music Ltd. (PRS)
Warner/Chappell Music International Ltd. (PRS)

LEGALLY BLONDE
(2002 Film Music Award)
Rolfe Kent (PRS)

LETTING THE CABLES SLEEP
(2001 Pop Award)
Gavin Rossdale (PRS)

LIFT ME UP
(2002 Christian Music Award)
Chris Eaton (PRS)
SGO Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

LIVE AND LET DIE
(2001 2 Million Performances Award)
Sir Paul McCartney (PRS)
EMI United Partnership Ltd. (PRS)
MPL Communications Ltd. (PRS)

LIVE FOR YOU
(2001 Christian Music Award)
Chris Eaton (PRS)
Chris Rodriguez (BMI)
SGO Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

LOVE IS ALL AROUND
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
Reg Presley (PRS)
Universal Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

LOVE ME DO
(2001 2 Million Performances Award)
Sir Paul McCartney (PRS)
John Lennon (PRS)
MPL Communications Ltd. (PRS)

LOVE WILL KEEP US ALIVE
(2002 2 Million Performances Award)
Jim Capaldi (PRS)
Peter Vale (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Freedom Songs Ltd. (PRS)
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. (PRS)

MUSIC
(2001 Pop Award)
Mirwais Ahmadzai (PRS/SACEM)
1000 Lights Music Ltd. (SACEM)
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

NO ONE IS TO BLAME
(2001 2 Million Performances Award)
Howard Jones (PRS)
Howard Jones Music Ltd. (PRS)
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

OCEAN'S ELEVEN
(2002 Film Music Award)
David Holmes (PRS)

ONLY TIME
(2002 Pop Award)
Enya (PRS)
Nicky Ryan (PRS)
Roma Ryan (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

PROVIDENCE
(2002 TV Music Award)
John Lennon (PRS)

SAVE TONIGHT
(2001 2 Million Performances Award)
Eagle-Eye Cherry (STIM)
Kojam Music (STIM)
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

SEXUAL (LI DA DI)
(2001 Pop Award)
Marie-Claire Cremers (Amber) (GEMA)
Edition Shark Media Songs (GEMA)
Warner/Chappell Music GmbH (GEMA)

SHREK
(2002 Film Music Award)
Harry Gregson-Williams (PRS)

SMILE A LITTLE SMILE FOR ME
(2001 2 Million Performances Award)
Geoff Stephens (PRS)
BMG Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

SOMEDAY OUT OF THE BLUE
(2001 Pop Award)
Sir Elton John (PRS)
Sir Tim Rice (PRS)

SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT
(2001 2 Million Performances Award)
Richard Kerr (PRS)
Will Jennings (BMI)
Rondor Music (London) Ltd. (PRS)

A SUMMER SONG
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
Clive Metcalfe (PRS)
Keith Noble (PRS)
Chad Stuart (BMI)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

SWEAR IT AGAIN
(2001 Pop Award)
Wayne Hector (PRS)
Steve Mac (PRS)
Rokstone Music Ltd. (PRS)
Rondor Music (London) Ltd. (PRS)

SWORDFISH
(2002 Film Music Award)
Paul Oakenfold (PRS)

THANK YOU
(2002 Robert S. Musel Award, 2002 Pop Award)
Paul Herman (PRS)
Cheeky Music Ltd. (PRS)

THIS IS ME
(2002 Pop Award)
Pamela Sheyne (PRS)
AppleTreeSongs Ltd. (PRS)
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. (PRS)

TICKET TO RIDE
(2001 3 Million Performances Award)
John Lennon (PRS)

TIME OF THE SEASON
(2002 4 Million Performances Award)
Rod Argent (PRS)
Verulam Music Co. Ltd. (PRS)

TO SIR, WITH LOVE
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
Don Black (PRS)
Mark London (PRS)
Screen Gems/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

TRUE
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
Gary Kemp (PRS)
Reformation Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS)

2002 Winter Olympics
(2002 Olympic Flame Award)
Michael Kamen (BMI)

WE CAN WORK IT OUT
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
John Lennon (PRS)

WHAT A GIRL WANTS
(2001 Pop Award)
Shelly Peiken (BMI)
Hit & Run/EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

WHEN THE HEARTACHE IS OVER
(2001 Pop Award)
John Reid (PRS)
MCS Music Ltd. (PRS)

WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE
(2001 3 Million Performances Award)
Steve Winwood (PRS)
Will Jennings (BMI)
FS Ltd. (PRS)

WILD NIGHT
(2001 3 Million Performances Award)
Van Morrison (BMI)

WONDERFUL TONIGHT
(2001 3 Million Performances Award)
Eric Clapton (PRS)
E.C. Music Ltd. (PRS)
Warner/Chappell Music International Ltd. (PRS)

A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
John Lennon (PRS)

X-MEN
(2001 Film Music Award)
Michael Kamen (BMI)

YOU GOTTA BE
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
Des'ree (PRS)
Ashley Ingram (PRS)
BMG Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

YOU REALLY GOT ME
(2002 3 Million Performances Award)
Ray Davies (PRS)
Edward Kassner Music Co. Ltd. (PRS)

YOUNG LUST
(2001 Pop Award)
David Gilmour (PRS)
Roger Waters (PRS)
Artemis Muziekuitgeverij BV (BUMA)
Pink Floyd Music Publishers Ltd. (PRS)