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May 10, 2017

Barry Manilow Honored as a BMI Icon at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards

Ross Golan and Justin Tranter named Songwriters of the Year; “Stitches” awarded Song of the Year; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. presented with Publisher of the Year

Press Release

Beverly Hills, CA (May 10, 2017) – Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global leader in music rights management, celebrated the songwriters and publishers behind the year’s most-performed pop songs at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards, held May 9th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The Awards were hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Barbara Cane.

GRAMMY, EMMY and TONY Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow received the honor of BMI Icon in recognition of his prodigious musical legacy and unparalleled career encompassing the worlds of Broadway, Film, TV, and popular culture.

He joins an elite group of songwriters who have received BMI’s highest honor for their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Previous recipients include Mann & Weil, Nile Rodgers, Stevie Nicks, Paul Simon, Carole King, David Foster, Sting, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the Bee Gees, among others.

Throughout the evening, the 50 best performing songs in BMI’s vast catalogue were named, leading up to the announcement of the BMI Pop Song of the Year, which went to songwriters Teddy Geiger, D.J. Kyriakides and Danny Parker for the infectious hit, “Stitches” performed by Shawn Mendes. Ross Golan and Justin Tranter were both named Songwriters of the Year, collectively penning eight of the year’s most-performed songs. Those hits included “Dangerous Woman,” “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah),” “My House,” and “Same Old Love” by Golan and “Cake By The Ocean,” “Close,” “Hands To Myself” and “Sorry” by Tranter. Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. scored the esteemed BMI Pop Publisher of the Year crystal with 17 of the year’s most performed songs.

Barry Manilow is one of the world’s bestselling recording artists with more than 85 million albums sold worldwide. A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has triumphed in every medium of entertainment with an iconic career touching virtually every aspect of music. He’s had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles, including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits, five of his albums were on the best-seller charts simultaneously, and he is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines.  Manilow is currently on tour in support of his new album, This Is My Town, earning his 26th Top 40 album, and recently appeared on the Today Show, The Talk and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to name a few.


See the complete list of winners

High-resolution photos and video footage will be available for download by at: http://www.epklink.com/bmipopawards2017

ABOUT BMI:

Celebrating over 76 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in nearly 12 million musical works created and owned by more than 750,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year.

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Recording artist Barry Manilow accepts the BMI Icon Award at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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BMI President & CEO Michael O'Neill, Pop Writer of the Year recipients Ross Golan and Justin Tranter at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Songwriters Danny Parker, Teddy Geiger and members of The Family Songbook, Danny Clementine Music, Big Deal Beats and Mega House accept award onstage at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Members of Warner-Tamerlane Publishing accept the Publisher of the Year award from BMI Vice President and General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations Barbara Cane and BMI President & CEO Michael O'Neill onstage during the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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(L-R) BMI President and CEO Michael O'Neill, 2017 BMI Icon Award recipient Barry Manilow and BMI vice president and general manager, writer/publisher relations Barbara Cane at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer-songwriter Rachel Platten at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Recording artist Ty Dolla Sign at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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2017 BMI Icon Award recipient Barry Manilow at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer Halsey at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer Julia Michaels at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Musicians Adam Levin, Casey Harris and Sam Harris of X Ambassadors at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Songwriter Jude Demorest at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Musicians Adam Met, Jack Met and Ryan Met of AJR at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer/songwriter David Bisbal at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Caitlyn Smith at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Campbell at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer-songwriter Ruth B at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on May 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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