Patron of the Arts Award recipient Marty Bandier (center) is congratulated by Warner/Chappell's Les Bider and BMI's Frances Preston
Other top BMI stars who were in attendance included newcomer Gavin DeGraw, Barry Manilow, and Pink, who paid tribute to Patron of the Arts recipient Marty Bandier with an incredible acoustic version of the Janis Joplin classic, "Me and Bobby McGee."
Roger Taylor of the legendary rock band Queen, Phil Collins and Queen guitarist Brian May
The 34th Annual Induction Ceremony was presented by the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame, the organization dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world. Founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond, BMI is proud to support the work of the NAPM/SHOF, which is also devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. Over the course of the past 33 years, Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees have included Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Jim Croce, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, among many, many others.
Gavin DeGraw and BMI's Frances Preston
Tennis pro John McEnroe and Queen's Roger Taylor
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Patti LaBelle and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr.
photos: Gary Gershoff