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May 18, 2011

David Foster Named BMI Icon at 59th Annual BMI Pop Music Awards

Lady Gaga, Jason Derülo & JR Rotem share Songwriter of the Year crown; Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” named Song of the Year; Sony/ATV Songs LLC earns Publisher of the Year

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LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2011 — Leading U.S. music rights organization Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) held its 59th annual Pop Music Awards tonight at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Visionary songwriter and producer David Foster was celebrated as a BMI Icon in recognition of his “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.”

Lady Gaga, Jason Derülo and JR Rotem all became the BMI Pop Songwriters of the Year. Gaga, Derülo and Rotem each contributed four songs to the year’s most-performed list. Lady Antebellum’s crossover smash “Need You Now” garnered Pop Song of the Year honors for co-writers Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley and publishers DWHaywood Music, RADIOBULLETSPUBLISHING and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. With 16 songs among the year’s most-performed, Sony/ATV Songs LLC claimed the Pop Publisher of the Year crystal.

Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant, along with Barbara Cane, BMI Vice President/General Manager, Los Angeles, and Phil Graham, BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, the ceremony also saluted the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed pop songs on U.S. radio and television.

An all-star musical tribute paid homage to David Foster. Brian McKnight delivered the Earth, Wind & Fire smash “After the Love is Gone”; Keri Hilson performed Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”; Cody Karey and Delta Goodrem partnered for “The Prayer,” originally recorded by Celine Dion and Josh Groban; and Chaka Khan capped off the tribute with her own “Through the Fire.”

As a BMI Icon, Foster joins ranks that include John Fogerty, Gamble & Huff, Kris Kristofferson, the Jacksons, the Bee Gees, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Carlos Santana and Dolly Parton, among others. Foster has written and produced hits for international superstars including Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Andrea Bocelli, Chicago, Michael Bublé, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Josh Groban, Earth, Wind & Fire, *NSYNC, The Corrs, Natalie Cole, Kenny Loggins, Kenny Rogers, Chaka Khan, Boz Scaggs, Michael Bolton, Brandy, and more. The three-time BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year has garnered 42 BMI Awards over four consecutive decades. Twenty-two of his songs have generated more than one million performances; Chicago’s “You’re the Inspiration” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” have accumulated more than five million each. Fifteen Grammys, including three Producer of the Year trophies, line his shelves.  Foster was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.

For a complete list of 2011 BMI Pop Awards winners, visit www.bmi.com.

Follow BMI on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bmi and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/broadcastmusicinc.

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI), a global leader in rights management, 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. BMI songwriters and composers were the most celebrated creative voices in awards presentations and on the charts during the past year, accounting for almost two-thirds of the Grammy Awards and dominating other key awards and honors presentations across all genres of music.
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BMI Pop Publisher of the Year Sony/ATV dominated the nigh. With 16 songs among the year’s most-performed, Sony/ATV Songs LLC claimed the Pop Publisher of the Year crystal.  Pictured celebrating their big night are Sony/ATV staff, songwriters, and BMI supporters.

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BMI songwriting legend Richard Addrisi receives a special certification for his classic composition “Never My Love” which extended its evergreen status by an addition 5 million in performance detections. Pictured are BMI President & CEO Del Bryant, BMI's Barbara Cane, Adrissi, and BMI’s Phil Graham.

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Big winners of the night at the BMI Pop Awards 2011: BMI Pop Song of the Year co-writer Charles Kelley; BMI Pop Songwriters of the Year JR Rotem and Jason Derülo, BMI’s Barbara Cane, and BMI Pop Song of the Year co-writer Dave Haywood.

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Marty Bandier accepts BMI's Pop Publisher of the Year from from BMI's Barbara Cane and Del Bryant.

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President and Chief Executive Officer of BMI Del Bryant, honoree David Foster holding the BMI Icon Award and Vice President & General Manager of BMI Barbara Cane attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BMI's Barbara Cane, BMI President and CEO Del Bryant, and Kara DioGuardi attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. 

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Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood, BMI Vice President & General Manager of Writer/Publisher Relations Barabara Cane, BMI President & Chief Executive Officer Del Bryant and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Members of Nashville’s tight-knit family gathered for a group photo. Pictured at the 2011 BMI Pop Music Awards are BMI’s Jody Williams, Warner/Chappell Music’s B.J. Hill, Sony/ATV Publishing’s Troy Tomlinson, BMI’s Clay Bradley, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, and Warner/Chappell Music’s Steve Markland.

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Singer Chaka Khan performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Chaka Khan attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Morgan Caillat, Brianna Scott and singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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David Foster, Yolanda Hadid and family attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Keri Hilson attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Eric Bass and Brent Smith attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Bonnie McKee attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Iyaz attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Chaka Khan performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Keri Hilson, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton, and Colbie Caillat attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singers Delta Goodrem and Keri Hilson attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Actress Jurnee Smollett and musician Josiah Bell attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Ace Young attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Ron Artest attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Jay Sean attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BMI President and CEO Del Bryant and Martin N. Bandier, Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Iyaz, BMI Vice President & General Manager of Writer/Publisher Relations Barabara Cane, BMI President and CEO Del Bryant attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Skylar Grey attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Joel Madden, Delta Goodrem and Benji Madden attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Kara DioGuardi attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Delta Goodrem performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Morgan Caillat, NBA player Ron Artest, and singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Keri Hilson performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BMI Icon honoree David Foster attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BMI Icon honoree David Foster and singer/songwriter Joe Jonas attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BMI President and Chief Executive Officer Del Bryant and BMI Icon honoree David Foster attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Josiah Bell attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singers Delta Goodrem (L) and Cody Karey perform onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BMI Icon honoree David Foster attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Keri Hilson performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Colbie Caillat attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Colbie Caillat and Morgan Caillat attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Producer/songwriter Alex da Kid and singer/songwriter Skylar Grey attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Anthony Hamilton attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BMI President and CEO Del Bryant, Richard Addresi, and BMI Vice President & General Manager of Writer/Publisher Relations Barbara Cane attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BC Jean Carlson attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BMI President and Chief Executive Officer Del Bryant and BMI Icon honoree David Foster attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Benji Madden, Joel Madden attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Keri Hilson attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BMI's Barbara Kane, BMI President and CEO Del Bryant, and Kara DioGuardi attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Honoree David Foster attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Honoree David Foster attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Honoree David Foster attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BMI President and CEO Del Bryant, honoree David Foster, and BMI's Barbara Kane and Mike O'Neill attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BMI President and CEO Del Bryant, honoree David Foster, Barbara Kane attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Chaka Khan attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Chaka Khan attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Chaka Khan attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Keri Hilson attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Anthony Hamilton attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Josiah Bell attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Skylar Grey attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Eric Bass and Brent Smith attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Jay Sean attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Jay Sean attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Ken Caillat, Colbie Caillat attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Colbie Caillat attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Iyaz attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Kara DioGuardi attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Bonnie McKee attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Del Bryant attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Del Bryant attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Del Bryant, David Foster attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singers Delta Goodrem (L) and Cody Karey perform onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Keri Hilson performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Keri Hilson performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Keri Hilson performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Keri Hilson performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Keri Hilson performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Delta Goodrem performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Delta Goodrem performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Delta Goodrem performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Delta Goodrem performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Delta Goodrem performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Delta Goodrem performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Chaka Khan performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Chaka Khan performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Chaka Khan performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Chaka Khan performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Singer Chaka Khan performs onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Brianna Scott, Morgan Caillat, NBA player Ron Artest, singer Colbie Caillat and guest attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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BMI President and CEO Del Bryant speaks onstage at the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Actress Jurnee Smollett and musician Josiah Bell attend the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Ron Artest attends the 59th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

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