Leading U.S. music rights organization Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) held its 58th annual Pop Music Awards tonight at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. John Fogerty was celebrated as a BMI Icon; RedOne claimed his first-ever Songwriter of the Year crown; and “Love Story” earned Song of the Year for its songwriter and recording artist Taylor Swift and publisher Sony/ATV Music Publishing. At 20, Swift is the youngest songwriter ever to win BMI Pop Song of the Year. Additionally, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. garnered Publisher of the Year. Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Barbara Cane, BMI Vice President/General Manager, Los Angeles, the ceremony also saluted the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed pop songs on U.S. radio and television.
BMI Icons are selected because of their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” As a BMI Icon, John Fogerty joins ranks that include Gamble & Huff, Kris Kristofferson, the Jacksons, the Bee Gees, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Carlos Santana and Dolly Parton, among others.
To celebrate, the incomparable Fogerty performed a selection of his most-loved hits: a medley of “Travelin’ Band,” “Centerfield,” “Don't You Wish It Was True,” “Green River,” “Rambunctious Boy,” and “Up Around the Bend,” followed by a searing version of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?,” and as the finale, a medley comprising “Bad Moon Rising,” “Fortunate Son” and “Proud Mary.” During the set, he was accompanied by his ace band and flanked by his two teenage sons, Shane and Tyler Fogerty. Geffen pop recording artist Orianthi kicked off the night’s music with her own version of another Fogerty-penned standard.
For a complete list of 2010 BMI Pop Awards winners, visit www.bmi.com.