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October 5, 2010

Don Black, Steve McEwan, John Reid & More Honored at 2010 BMI London Awards

LONDON, October 5, 2010 – American performing right organization Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) celebrated Europe’s premier songwriters, composers and music publishers tonight during its annual BMI London Awards. Guests filled London’s Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane to toast the past year’s most-performed songs on U.S. radio and television.

Songwriter Don Black, OBE was honored as a BMI Icon. Black joins a list of past honorees that includes Donovan, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Ferry, Ray Davies, Van Morrison, and more.

Songwriters and composers honored at the event are members of European and Asian performing right societies and are represented in the U.S. by BMI.  Award highlights include “Only You Can Love Me This Way” earning the BMI Robert S. Musel Award for Song of the Year. The song was co-written by Steve McEwan and John Reid, recorded by Keith Urban and published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS). Jay Sean’s “Down” was named BMI College Song of the Year, and was co-written by Sean, Jared Cotter, and Lil Wayne, who is also featured on the track, and published by Bucks Music Group Ltd. (PRS). The BMI Dance Award went to Cascada’s “Evacuate the Dance Floor,” written by Allan Eshuijs (BUMA) and published by Talpa Music / Songkitchen Music Publishing (BUMA).

Over 50 awards were handed out, including BMI “Million-Air” Awards recognizing songs that have generated more than three million U.S. radio and television performances. Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO; Phil Graham, BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations; and Brandon Bakshi, Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia hosted the ceremony.

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for 70 years. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.
http://www.bmi.com

For a complete list of 2010 BMI London Awards winners, visit bmi.com/london. Media can access high-resolution photos and event information at bmi.com/press. 

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Contact:

USA – Hanna Pantle, BMI
310-289-6328; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

UK – Kate Etteridge, LD Communications
44-(0)20-7439-7222; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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BMI President & CEO, Del Bryant and Heather Small, winner for her song "The Biggest Loser" at the BMI London Music Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

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Allan Eshuijs, winner of the BMI Dance Award at the BMI London Music Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

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BMI President & CEO Del Bryant presents the 2010 BMI London Icon award to Don Black, OBE at the BMI London Music Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

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BMI Award-winning composer David Arnold; 2010 BMI London Icon Don Black, OBE; and BMI President & CEO Del Bryant at the BMI London Music Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

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Don Black, with his Icon Award at the BMI London Music Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

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BMI President & CEO, Del Bryant and BMI Icon Don Black with family at the BMI London Music Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

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Sir George Martin and BMI Icon Don Black at the BMI London Music Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

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BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Phil Graham; Martin Bandier, Chief Executive, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, holding the Robert S. Musel Award for “Only You Can Love Me This Way”; BMI President & CEO Del Bryant; and Brandon Bakshi, Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia at the BMI London Music Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

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David Arnold and friends perform "Ben" at the BMI London Music Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

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2010 BMI London Icon Don Black, OBE; BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Sir Tim Rice at the BMI London Music Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

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Brandon Bakshi, Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia; 2010 BMI London Icon Don Black, OBE; Sir George Martin, CBE; and BMI President & CEO Del Bryant at the BMI London Music Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

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BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Phil Graham; composer and BMI Film Award winner David Arnold; The Robert S. Musel Award for “Only You Can Love Me This Way” Song of the Year award winner John Reid; 2010 BMI London Icon Don Black; Rakesh Sanghvi, MD Sony/ATV Music Publishing, UK and BMI President & CEO Del Bryant at the BMI London Music Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

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BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and BMI Icon Don Black at the BMI London Music Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010.

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