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May 20, 2008

Daryl Hall and John Oates named BMI Icons at 56th Annual Pop Awards

‘Lips of an Angel’ Earns Song of the Year, Polow Da Don Takes Home Songwriter of the Year & EMI-Blackwood Secures Publisher of the Year Honors

Press Release

BMI held its 56th Annual Pop Awards Tuesday, May 20, honoring Daryl Hall and John Oates as BMI Icons. Famed songwriter and producer Polow Da Don earned the coveted Songwriter of the Year crown, Hinder’s ubiquitous “Lips of an Angel” garnered Song of the Year honors and Publisher of the Year went to EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, the invitation-only ceremony was hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and BMI Vice President/General Manager, Los Angeles, Barbara Cane and also recognized the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed pop songs from BMI’s extensive catalog of more than 6.5 million compositions.

The evening’s capstone took the form of a musical tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates, who were named BMI Icons in recognition of their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” With this award, they join an elite list of previous BMI Icons that includes the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, James Brown, Brian Wilson, Isaac Hayes, Dolly Parton and Carlos Santana.

The effervescent popularity of Daryl Hall and John Oates’s magical collaborations springs from the duo’s devout passion for Philly soul and buoyant pop harmonies. Warmly accessible and expertly polished, Daryl Hall and John Oates’s smooth production utilizes undeniable hooks and innate contemporary lyrical sensibility. The resulting eight no. 1 singles, three double-platinum and two platinum albums catapulted the pair into pop superstardom; in 1987, Daryl Hall and John Oates became the best-selling rock duo of all time. Skilled songwriters, they are both members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, together boasting 24 BMI Pop Awards and a catalog studded with 14 BMI Million-Air award songs, including “She’s Gone,” “Everytime You Go Away,” “Kiss On My List,” “Maneater” and “Sara Smile.” They have prompted a surge of interest and homage from a diverse bevy of new artists, who cite the pair as definitive influences. Restless creators, Daryl Hall and John Oates have spent much of the last decade touring throughout the world.

Polow Da Don’s resounding claim to the BMI Songwriter of the Year title stems from penning four songs among the year’s top 50: the Pussycat Dolls’ “Buttons,” featuring Snoop Dogg; Fergie’s “London Bridge” and “Glamorous,” featuring Ludacris; and “Runaway Love,” recorded by Ludacris and featuring Mary J. Blige. Fergie’s emphatic shout, “Polow!” in “London Bridge” embedded Da Don’s first name in the pop culture psyche, while his hit-making expertise catapulted him to behind-the-scenes impresario. Polow Da Don’s first BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year win arrives on the shoulders of his first four BMI Awards, underscoring his unparalleled breakout success in 2007.

Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel” garnered Song of the Year bragging rights thanks to generating the most airplay of any tune on BMI’s most-performed pop song list during the designated award period. Co-written and recorded by BMI songwriters and Hinder band members Blower, Cody Hanson, Mark King, Michael Rodden and Austin Winkler, along with producer Brian Howes (SOCAN), the wistful tune climbed to the no. 1 slot of Billboard’s Pop 100, Hot Digital Songs and Top 40 Mainstream charts, achieving broad crossover success. Country artist Jack Ingram’s recording of the song also resonated, reaching the top 20 tier of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. Published by EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. and Hinder Music Co., “Lips of an Angel” also earned the Internet Song of the Year win as the most performed song on the Internet during the award period.

EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc. claimed its BMI Pop Publisher of the Year crown with a staggering 14 award songs and highest percentage of copyright ownership among the year’s top 50. In addition to publishing Song of the Year “Lips of an Angel,” EMI-Blackwood’s catalog includes award-winners “Money Maker” (Ludacris feat. Pharrell), “Break It Off” (Rihanna feat. Sean Paul), “Glamorous” (Fergie feat. Ludacris), “Hurt” (Christina Aguilera), “Nothing Left to Lose” (Mat Kearney), “The Riddle” (Five for Fighting) and “U + Ur Hand” (Pink).

Nickelback also enjoyed a big night as members Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake and Dan Adair (all SOCAN) each took home three BMI Pop Awards; songwriters earning two awards each included Christina Aguilera; Hinder’s Blower, Cody Hanson, Michael Rodden, Mark King and Austin Winkler; Snoop Dogg, Chris Daughtry; Sean Garrett; Three Days Grace’s Adam Gontier, Barry Stock, Brad Walst and Neil Sanderson (all SOCAN); Brian Howes (SOCAN); Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, Patrick Stump, Joe Trohman and Andrew Hurley; Ne-Yo; Pink; and will.i.am.

Publishing companies Universal Music Publishing Group (Irving Music/Songs of Universal, Inc./Universal Music-Careers/Universal Music-Z Songs), Sony/ATV Songs LLC, Warner/Chappell Music Group (Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./Unichappell Music, Inc.), Songs of Windswept Pacific, Cherry River Music Co., Chicago X Softcore Songs, Hinder Music Co., Hitco Music, My Own Chit Publishing, Pink Inside Publishing, Super Sayin’ Publishing, Surface Pretty Deep Ugly Music, Team S Dot Publishing, will.i.am music, inc. and Xtina Music each garnered multiple awards.

The BMI Foundation’s 11th Annual John Lennon Scholarship was presented to burgeoning jazz/pop songwriter Travis Knapp for his song “Before You Go.”  A recent graduate of Ithaca College where he studied music and anthropology, Knapp is currently recording his sophomore collection of original music. Established in 1997 by Yoko Ono in conjunction with the BMI Foundation and matched by generous donations from Gibson Musical Instruments, the prestigious John Lennon Scholarship program recognizes and fosters auspicious young songwriters between the ages of 15 and 24.

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BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Phil Graham; composer Steven Sater; BMI Vice President /General Manager Barbara Cane

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Daryl Hall and John Oates

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John Oates

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Kenneth “Babyface" Edmonds

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Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy)

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Icon recipients Daryl Hall and John Oates

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(center) BMI President and CEO Del Bryant, and Vice President/General Manager Barbara Cane joined by rock band Hinder

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BMI President and CEO Del Bryant; BMI Vice President & General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations Barbara Cane; Jeffrey Steele; BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Phil Graham

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Sean Garrett; BMI Vice President/General Manager Barbara Cane; and BMI President & CEO Del Bryant

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Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) and BMI Vice President/General Manager Barbara Cane

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BMI President & CEO Del Bryant; Polow Da Don; BMI Vice President /General Manager Barbara Cane

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BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Polow Da Don

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Daryl Hall, Kenneth “Babyfac" Edmonds, and John Oates

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Polow Da Don

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Jason Wade (Lifehouse)

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BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Phil Graham; Daryl Hall; BMI President and CEO Del Bryant; John Oates

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Daryl Hall, BMI President and CEO Del Bryant and John Oates

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