Grammy Winners & Nominees Discuss Songwriting at BMI’s ‘How I Wrote That Song’

Posted in News on February 14, 2011
Cee Lo Green, Claude Kelly, Seal, Chad Hugo, Bonnie McKee, and BC Jean serve as the all-star panel during BMI's
Cee Lo Green, Claude Kelly, Seal, Chad Hugo, Bonnie McKee, and BC Jean serve as the all-star panel during BMI's "How I Wrote That Song" event on February 12, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. Photo: David Livingston/WireImage

BMI staged the annual Grammy-infused installment of its popular “How I Wrote That Song” panel on Saturday, February 12 at the Key Club (9039 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069) in Los Angeles. Panelists included multiple Grammy-winning rapper/singer/songwriter/producer Cee Lo Green; multiple Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Seal; Grammy award-winning songwriter/producer Chad Hugo; Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Claude Kelly; hit songwriter Bonnie McKee; and hit songwriter BC Jean.

BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” participants discussed their roles in composing a jaw-dropping collection of contemporary smashes, including Beyoncé’s “If I Were A Boy” (BC Jean); Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream,” Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me,” and Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” (Bonnie McKee); Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Britney Spears’ “Circus,” Fantasia’s “Bittersweet,” Chrisette Michele’s “Blame It On Me,” and Miley Cyrus’ “Party In the USA” (Claude Kelly); Goodie Mob’s“Cell Therapy,” Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” and Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You” aka “Forget You” (Cee Lo Green); Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” Jay Z’s “Excuse Me Miss” and “I Just Wanna Love you (Give It 2 Me),” Ludacris’ “Money Maker,” Robin Thicke’s “Wanna Love You Girl” and Gwen Stefani’s “Holla Back” (Chad Hugo); and “Krazy,” “Love’s Divine,” and “Kiss From a Rose” (Seal).

Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, moderated the conversation, while Grammy-winning producer Dallas Austin served as co-host. BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” was sponsored by TW Steel.


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