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BMI Honors Top European Songwriters and Publishers at Annual London Awards

Posted in News on October 4, 2004
Names Shania Twain's 'Forever And For Always' Song of the Year; Van Morrison Crowned BMI ICON

BMI tonight saluted the top European songwriters and publishers in the pop, country, dance, Latin, college and film/TV music genres at its 2004 London Awards. The gala dinner and awards ceremony, which honored the most performed songs on US radio and television written by members of its foreign sister societies, was hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant along with President Emeritus Frances Preston and Senior Vice President Phil Graham. The invitation-only event was held in the Ballroom of London's Dorchester Hotel.

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"Forever And For Always," written and recorded by multiple BMI Award-winning artist Shania Twain (PRS), was named Song of the Year and received the organization's highest accolade, the Robert S. Musel Award. This prestigious award is named for the late Robert Musel, BMI's long-time UK consultant. "Forever," from Shania's 10-times platinum CD UP!, is her third Song of the Year win; her mega-hit "You're Still The One" earned her the title at both the 1999 BMI Pop and Country Awards. She was also named BMI Songwriter of the Year at both the 1999 and 2000 Pop and Country Awards and now owns a total of 26 BMI Awards.

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Another highlight of the gala evening was a special tribute to legendary songwriter and recording artist Van Morrison, who was honored as a BMI ICON for his "enduring influence on generations of music makers." The Irish rocker joins a distinguished list of honorees that includes Al Green, Brian Wilson, Isaac Hayes and Dolly Parton, among others. With a prolific career that spans nearly 40 years, Morrison has penned such classics as "Brown-Eyed Girl," "Gloria," "Domino" and "Moondance," and is considered one of pop music's true innovators.

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"All The Things She Said," written by Trevor Horn (PRS), Elena Kiper (RAO), Ivan Shapovalov (RAO) and Martin Kierszenbaum, and published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS), Neformat (RAO) and Perfect Songs Ltd. (PRS), was named College Song of the Year for the most performances on American college radio. The international crossover hit, recorded by Russian teen pop duo t.A.T.u., also received a BMI Pop Award.

Million-Air certificates were presented throughout the evening in recognition of the songs that have had two million or more US radio and television performances (two million spins is the equivalent of more than 11.4 years of continuous airplay). Several classics written by the late John Lennon (PRS) achieved multi-Million-Air status including the timeless Beatles song "Yesterday," which reached the eight million performance plateau. His "Imagine" earned a five million performance award, "All My Loving" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" each earned three million performance awards, and "I Saw Her Standing There," "Lady Madonna" and "Nowhere Man" each earned certificates for two million US performances.

Song of the Year winner Shania Twain was also recognized with multiple Million-Air certificates including a five million performance award for "You're Still The One," three million performance awards for "From This Moment On," "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" and "That Don't Impress Me Much," and a two million performance award for "Honey, I'm Home." She now has 14 Million-Air songs in her BMI catalog for a total of over 37 million broadcast performances.

Also earning several Million-Air awards this evening were Elton John (PRS) and writing partner Bernie Taupin for "Candle In The Wind" (four million), "Rocket Man" (three million), and "Circle of Life," "Honky Cat" and "Tiny Dancer" (two million), as well as Rolling Stones Mick Jagger (PRS) and Keith Richards (PRS), who were honored for their rock anthems "Honky Tonk Women," (four million), "Get Off Of My Cloud" (three million) and "Ruby Tuesday" (two million).

Who guitarist Pete Townshend (PRS) received a BMI Pop Award for "Behind Blue Eyes," as well as two TV Music Awards for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami. Sting (PRS) picked up a pair of BMI Awards, including a three million performance certificate for "Fields of Gold" and a Pop Award for "Send Your Love," both published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Steerpike Ltd. (PRS). The Lasgo hit "Something," written by Peter Luts (SABAM) and David Vervoort (SABAM), and published by A and S Productions (SABAM) and BE's Songs NV (SABAM), received both a Pop Award and a Dance Award.

Other winners included a Pop Award to Anders Bagge (STIM), Darryl Hall and EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia AB (STIM) for the Celine Dion song "Have You Ever Been In Love," a Christian Music Award to Chris Eaton (PRS) for "My Heart Goes Out," and a BMI Latin Award to José Alfonso Lorca Gomez (SGAE) and Universal Music Publishing S A (SGAE) for the Elvis Crespo hit "Bésame En La Boca."


Below is the complete list of 2004 BMI London Award winners:

MILLION- AIRS

8 Million
YESTERDAY
John Lennon (PRS)

5 Million
BORN FREE
Don Black (PRS)
John Barry*

IMAGINE
John Lennon (PRS)

YOU'RE STILL THE ONE
Shania Twain (PRS)

4 Million
BAKER STREET
Gerry Rafferty (PRS)
Universal Music Publishing (PRS)

CANDLE IN THE WIND
Sir Elton John (PRS)
Bernie Taupin*
Universal Music Publishing (PRS)

EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD
Roland Orzabal (PRS)
Ian Stanley (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

HONKY TONK WOMEN
Sir Mick Jagger (PRS)
Keith Richards (PRS)

THE LIVING YEARS
B A Robertson (PRS)
Mike Rutherford (PRS)
Hit & Run Music (Publishing) Ltd./EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
R and BA Music Ltd. (PRS)

MANDY
Richard Kerr (PRS)
Scott English*
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. (PRS)

STRANGER ON THE SHORE
Acker Bilk (PRS)
Robert Mellin*
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

3 Million
ALL MY LOVING
John Lennon (PRS)

BLACK IS BLACK
Tony Hayes (PRS)
Mark Pasquin (PRS)
Steve Wadey (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)

CAN'T SMILE WITHOUT YOU
Chris Arnold (PRS)
David Martin (PRS)
Geoff Morrow (PRS)
Universal Music Publishing (PRS)

CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE
Freddie Mercury (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Queen Music Ltd. (PRS)

FIELDS OF GOLD
Sting (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Steerpike Ltd. (PRS)

FROM THIS MOMENT ON
Shania Twain (PRS)

GET OFF OF MY CLOUD
Sir Mick Jagger (PRS)
Keith Richards (PRS)

I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND
John Lennon (PRS)

LAY DOWN SALLY
Eric Clapton (PRS)
Marcella Levy*
George Terry*
E C Music Ltd. (PRS)
Warner/Chappell Music International Ltd. (PRS)

MAN! I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN!
Shania Twain (PRS)

NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP
Matt Aitken (PRS)
Mike Stock (PRS)
Peter Waterman (PRS)
All Boys Music International Ltd. (PRS)
Mike Stock Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Universal Music Publishing (PRS)

ROCKET MAN
Sir Elton John (PRS)
Bernie Taupin*
Universal Music Publishing (PRS)

SHE'S NOT THERE
Rod Argent (PRS)
Marquis Music Co. Ltd. (PRS)

THAT DON'T IMPRESS ME MUCH
Shania Twain (PRS)

WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I
Anthony Newley (PRS)
Leslie Bricusse *
Essex Music Group Ltd. (PRS)

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL
Geoff Stephens (PRS)
peermusic (UK) Ltd. (PRS)

2 Million
CIRCLE OF LIFE
Sir Elton John (PRS)
Sir Tim Rice (PRS)

HONEY, I'M HOME
Shania Twain (PRS)

HONKY CAT
Sir Elton John (PRS)
Bernie Taupin*
Universal Music Publishing (PRS)

I JUST WANT TO DANCE WITH YOU
Roger Cook (PRS)

I SAW HER STANDING THERE
John Lennon (PRS)

LADY MADONNA
John Lennon (PRS)

NOWHERE MAN
John Lennon (PRS)

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

RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM
J. Vincent Edwards (PRS)
Pierre Tubbs (PRS)
Chelsea Music Publishing Co. Ltd. (PRS)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd. (PRS)

RUBY TUESDAY
Sir Mick Jagger (PRS)
Keith Richards (PRS)

TINY DANCER
Sir Elton John (PRS)
Bernie Taupin*
Universal Music Publishing (PRS)

TUBTHUMPING
Jude Abbott (PRS)
Dunstan Bruce (PRS)
Paul J. Greco (PRS)
Harry Hamer (PRS)
Danbert Nobacon (PRS)
Alice Nutter (PRS)
Lou Watts (PRS)
Boff Whalley (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Germany GmbH (GEMA)

WE WILL ROCK YOU
Brian May (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Queen Music Ltd. (PRS)

POP AWARDS

ALL THE THINGS SHE SAID
Trevor Horn (PRS)
Elena Kiper (RAO)
Ivan Shapovalov (RAO)
Martin Kierszenbaum*
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Neformat (RAO)
Perfect Songs Ltd. (PRS)
t. A. T. u.

BEHIND BLUE EYES
Pete Townshend (PRS)
Fabulous Music Ltd. (PRS)
Pete Townshend

BREATHE
Fabrice Dumont (SACEM)
Stephan Haeri (SACEM)
Christophe Hetier (SACEM)
Angela McCluskey*
BMG Music Publishing France (SACEM)
Telepopmusik

FOREVER AND FOR ALWAYS
Shania Twain (PRS)
Shania Twain

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE
Anders Bagge (STIM)
Darryl Hall*
EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia AB (STIM)
Celine Dion

I'M GONNA GETCHA GOOD!
Shania Twain (PRS)
Shania Twain

IT'S MY LIFE
Mark Hollis (PRS)
Universal Music Publishing (PRS)
No Doubt

JENNY FROM THE BLOCK
Michael Ian Oliviere (PRS)
Jennifer Lopez*
Poke*
EMI United Partnership Ltd. (PRS)
Jennifer Lopez featuring Jadakiss & Styles

NO ONE KNOWS
Josh Homme*
Mark Lanegan*
Nick Oliveri*
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Queens of the Stone Age

OUT OF MY HEART (INTO YOUR HEAD)
Mark Barry (PRS)
Christian Burns (PRS)
Stephen McNally (PRS)
Strongsongs Ltd. (PRS)
BBMak

SAY YES
Marsha Ambrosius*
Natalie Stewart*
Perfect Songs Ltd. (PRS)
Floetry

SEND YOUR LOVE
Sting (PRS)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd./Steerpike Ltd. (PRS)
Sting

SOMETHING
Peter Luts (SABAM)
David Vervoort (SABAM)
A and S Productions (SABAM)
BE's Songs NV (SABAM)
Lasgo

WAITING FOR YOU
Seal (PRS)
Mark Batson*
Perfect Songs Ltd. (PRS)
Seal

CHRISTIAN MUSIC AWARD

MY HEART GOES OUT
Chris Eaton (PRS)
Warren Barfield

COUNTRY AWARDS

I'M GONNA GETCHA GOOD!
Shania Twain (PRS)
Shania Twain

YOUNG (2nd Award)
Steven McEwan (PRS)
BMG Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Trinifold Music Ltd. (PRS)
Kenny Chesney

DANCE AWARD


SOMETHING
Peter Luts (SABAM)
David Vervoort (SABAM)
A and S Productions (SABAM)
BE's Songs NV (SABAM)
Lasgo

LATIN AWARDS


ALUCINADO
Ignacio Ballesteros Diaz (SGAE)
Tiziano Ferro (SIAE)
EMI Music Publishing Italia SRL (SIAE)
Nisa Edicioni Musicali (SIAE)
Tiziano Ferro

BÉSAME EN LA BOCA
José Alfonso Lorca Gomez (SGAE)
Universal Music Publishing S A (SGAE)
Elvis Crespo

CABLE AWARDS

STRONG MEDICINE
David Bergeaud (SACEM)

THE AMANDA SHOW
Stewart Copeland (PRS)

FILM MUSIC AWARDS

2 FAST 2 FURIOUS
David Arnold (PRS)

FREAKY FRIDAY
Rolfe Kent (PRS)

LEGALLY BLONDE 2: RED, WHITE & BLONDE
Rolfe Kent (PRS)

TV MUSIC AWARDS

CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
Pete Townshend (PRS)

CSI: MIAMI
Pete Townshend (PRS)

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