BMI legends Leonard Cohen (SOCAN) and David Foster were officially welcomed into the Songwriters Hall of Fame during the organization’s annual ceremony, staged Thursday, June 17 in New York. The Hall of Fame saluted Cohen’s rich catalogue with performances by an all-star lineup that included BMI trendsetter kd lang and Judy Collins, while Foster performed his soaring “I Have Nothing” alongside up-and-comer Charice.
Taylor Swift received the Hal David Starlight Award, recognizing the young BMI singer/songwriter’s already profound achievement and promising future. BMI pioneer Phil Collins (PRS) also enjoyed a red-letter evening, as he earned the Johnny Mercer Award, an exclusive honor reserved for previous Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame also applauded BMI Icon Paul Simon, whose composition “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” which he originally recorded with Art Garfunkel, received 2010 Towering Song Award honors.
For more information on 41st Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony honorees, please visit the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Virtual Museum: songwritershalloffame.org.