Sir Tim Rice and Top Songwriters Honored at 2014 BMI London Awards

Posted in News on October 13, 2014

Broadcast Music, Inc. tonight honored internationally-celebrated lyricist Sir Tim Rice as a BMI Icon at the 2014 BMI London Awards. In addition, music industry guests including Van Morrison, Ray Davies, Don Black and Johnny Quinn (Snow Patrol,) filled London’s Dorchester Hotel to celebrate the U.K., European and Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs on United States radio and television in the past year.

Sir Tim Rice was named BMI Icon because of his “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” and joins a list of past honorees including John Lydon, Queen, Ray Davies, Don Black, Donovan and Bryan Ferry, among others.

BMI presented BMI songwriter Nile Rodgers with the Song of the Year Award (The Robert S. Musel Award) for “Get Lucky,” co-written with Thomas Bangalter (PRS/SACEM) and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (PRS/SACEM) of Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams. This award is given to the most-performed song by UK or European writers in the BMI catalogue on U.S. radio and television over the past twelve months. The track was published by Imagem Music (PRS) and beat stiff competition from Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding.

Avicii won the Dance Award for his smash hit “Wake Me Up,” performed with Aloe Blacc and published by Sony/ATV Music. The song reached Number One in twenty-two countries including Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Ireland and the UK. In the UK, the track was the fifth most streamed track of 2013 and spent 32 consecutive weeks in the Top 40.

Throughout the night, BMI honored many British songwriters and co-writers of the most-performed songs on U.S. radio and television. Emeli Sandé (PRS) earned a pop award for “Next to Me” and for her collaboration with Labrinth on “Beneath Your Beautiful,” as did Wayne Hector for “Best Song Ever” performed by One Direction. Songwriting powerhouse Sacha Skarbeck was celebrated for the worldwide hit “Wrecking Ball” made famous by Miley Cyrus, as well as Nicky Romero who was honored for “Right Now” performed by Rihanna. Julian Bunetta and John Ryan were honored for “Best Song Ever” and together with Jamie Scott were among the writers honored for “Story of My Life.” Ellie Goulding was a triple winner for her songwriting in “Anything Could Happen,” “Burn,” and “I Need Your Love.” Mike Rosenberg took honors for “Let Her Go.” Previous BMI Icon Van Morrison received the BMI Million-Air Award to honor the eleven million combined radio plays of “Brown Eyed Girl,” now putting it firmly in the Top 10 Songs of All Time on US radio and television, as well as “Have I Told You Lately,” which has had seven million.

Also recognized were composers of the most-watched and highest-grossing television programs and films, along with the legendary songwriters behind classics that have generated more than three million U.S. radio and television performances.

A moving musical tribute to Sir Tim with songs performed by Julian Ovenden with the support from the Urban Voices Collective was a highlight of the evening’s festivities. Ovenden has starred on Broadway and the West End, as well as appeared in the phenomenally successful Downton Abbey. Urban Voices Collective is one of the most exciting young choirs in the country and has previously appeared at the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony alongside Take That, George Michael and The Who.

Here’s a complete list of 2014 BMI London Award winners:

BMI Icon

Sir Tim Rice

Song of the Year

The Robert S. Musel Award

Get Lucky
Nile Rodgers (BMI)
Thomas Bangalter (PRS/SACEM)
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (PRS/SACEM)
Imagem Music (PRS)

Dance Award

Wake Me Up
Avicii (STIM)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing


2014 London Pop Award Songs

Anything Could Happen
Ellie Goulding
Global Talent Publishing

Beneath Your Beautiful
Emeli Sandé
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Stellar Songs

Best Song Ever
Wayne Hector
Julian Bunetta *
John Ryan *
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd.

Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
Robin Braun
Ronni Vindahl
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Amund Bjørklund
Espen Lind
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Stellar Songs

Ellie Goulding
Noel Zancanella *
Global Talent Publishing

C’est La Vie
Björn Djupström
Alexander “Alex” Papaconstantinou
Bilal “The Chef” Hajji *
Achraf “AJ Junior” Jannusi *
RedOne *

Don’t Stop the Party
Frederick “Toots” Hibbert *
Dj Chino *
Jorge A. Gomez Martinez *
Armando “Pitbull” Perez *
Blue Mountain Music

Everything Has Changed
Ed Sheeran
Taylor Swift *
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Feel This Moment
Magne Furuholmen
Morten Harket
Pål Waaktaar
Christina Aguilera *
Nolan Lambroza *
Nasri *
Armando “Pitbull” Perez *
Urales “DJ Buddha” Vargas *
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Friday Night 
Rob Crosby *
Rose Falcon *
Universal Music Publishing

Get Lucky
Thomas Bangalter *
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo *
Nile Rodgers *
Imagem Music

Heaven nor Hell
Michael Poulsen
M. P. Publishing APS
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Here and Now
Dale Stewart *
Shaun Morgan Welgemoed *
John Humphrey *

I Need Your Love
Ellie Goulding
Global Talent Publishing

Lego House
Ed Sheeran
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Let Her Go
Mike Rosenberg
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Little Things
Fiona Bevan
Ed Sheeran
Imagem Music
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Live While We’re Young
Rami Yacoub

Marry Me
Jonas Jeberg *
Marlin “Hookman” Bonds *
Jason Derülo *
BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd. a BMG Chrysalis company

Amund Bjørklund
Espen Lind
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Stellar Songs

Next To Me
Emeli Sandé
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Stellar Songs

Klas Ahlund
Universal Music Publishing

Rest Of My Life
Giorgio Tuinfort *
Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges *
Afrojack Publishing
BMG Talpa Music B.V.
Piano Songs

Right Now 
Nicky Romero
Giorgio Tuinfort *
Rihanna *
Ester Dean *
BMG Talpa Music B.V.
Nicky Romero Music
Piano Songs

Still Counting
Thomas Bredahl
Anders Kjølholm
Jon Larsen
Michael Poulsen
M. P. Publishing APS
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Story of My Life 
Niall Horan
Zayn Malik
Liam Payne
Jamie Scott
Harry Styles
Louis Tomlinson
Julian Bunetta *
John Ryan *
PPM Music
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

True Love 
Lily Allen
P!nk *
Universal Music Publishing

Wake Me Up
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Wrecking Ball
Sacha Skarbek
Stephan Moccio
BMG Rights Management GMBH


TV Music Awards

America’s Got Talent
Jos Jorgenson *
Andy Love *

Pete Townshend

Grey’s Anatomy
Carim Clasmann
Galia Durant

The Amazing Race
Christopher Franke
Vaughn Johnson*
Lee Sanders*

The Good Wife
David Buckley

Chicago Fire
Atli Orvarsson *

Chicago P.D.
Atli Orvarsson*

Film Music Awards

Clint Mansell *

The Monuments Men
Alexandre Desplat

White House Down
Harald Kloser *
Thomas Wander *


Million-Air Awards

12 Million Performances Award

Every Breath You Take
GM Sumner
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

11 Million Performances Award

Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison *
Universal Music Publishing

9 Million Performances Award

Eric Clapton
James Gordon *
E.P. Clapton
Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd.

7 Million Performances Award

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
GM Sumner
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Honky Tonk Women 
Mick Jagger
Keith Richards

This Magic Moment
Mort Shuman *
Doc Pomus *

6 Million Performances Award

Higher Love
Steve Winwood
Will Jennings *
F S Ltd.

Strangers In The Night
Bert Kaempfert
Charles Singleton *
Eddie Snyder *

What’s Love Got To Do With It
Graham Lyle
Goodsingle Ltd.
Hornall Brothers Music Ltd.

5 Million Performances Award

All Right Now
Paul Rodgers
Andy Fraser *
Blue Mountain Music

Another Brick In The Wall
Roger Waters
Roger Waters Music Overseas Ltd./Warner/Chappell Artemis Music Ltd.
Warner/Chappell Artemis Music Ltd./Roger Waters Music Overseas Ltd.

Bennie And The Jets
Elton John
Bernie Taupin
Universal Music Publishing

Gimme Some Lovin’
Spencer Davies
Muff Winwood
Steve Winwood
F S Ltd.
Universal Music Publishing

Have I Told You Lately
Van Morrison *
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
Elton John
HST Publishing Ltd./Universal Music Publishing
Universal Music Publishing/HST Publishing Ltd.

It Must Have Been Love
Per Gessle
Jimmy Fun Music

Listen To Your Heart  
Per Gessle
Mats Persson
Jimmy Fun Music

Rocket Man
Elton John
Bernie Taupin
Universal Music Publishing

Take Me Home Tonight
Mick Leeson
Peter Vale
C&D Music Ltd./Warner/Chappell Artemis Music Ltd.
Warner/Chappell Artemis Music Ltd./C&D Music Ltd.

Thank You
Paul Herman
Cheeky Music

4 Million Performances Award

If I Can’t Have You
Barry Gibb *
Maurice Gibb *
Robin Gibb *
Crompton Songs
Universal Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.

Owner Of A Lonely Heart
Jon Anderson
Trevor Horn
Chris Squire
Trevor Rabin *
Carlin Music Corp.
Unforgettable Songs Ltd.

Save Tonight
Eagle-Eye Cherry *
Kobalt Music Publishing Limited

The Things We Do For Love
Graham Gouldman
Eric Stewart
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Tiny Dancer
Elton John
Bernie Taupin
Universal Music Publishing

*BMI Affiliate



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