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17th ANNUAL SESAC POP AWARDS

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_DSC0021MICHELLE WILLIAMS, SWIZZ BEATZ, MUMFORD & SONS’ BEN LOVETT, MELANIE FIONA, RICO LOVE, ANGELA HUNTE, DANIEL GLASS AND MORE TURN OUT FOR 17th ANNUAL SESAC POP AWARDS AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

Rico Love Named Songwriter of the Year

Trey Songz’ “Heart Attack” Wins Song of the Year Honors

Sony ATV Sounds Named Publisher of the Year

Daniel Glass Honored with “Visionary Award

(New York, NY May 14, 2013)- SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization, hosted its 17th Annual Pop Awards last night at the prestigious New York Public Library. Rico Love captured top honors at the event taking home both Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year awards for his hit, “Heart Attack” as recorded by Trey Songz. 

SESAC Publisher of the Year honors went to Sony ATV Sounds.

Love is responsible for penning an extraordinary six of the evening’s honored songs including Song of the Year “Heart Attack” by Trey Songz, “4 AM” by Melanie Fiona, “Mr. Wrong” by Mary J. Blige feat. Drake, “Touch’N You” by Rick Ross feat. Usher, “Motivation” by Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne and “Without You” by David Guetta feat. Usher. Pop songstress Michelle Williams made a special appearance to present Love with the night’s biggest honor of Songwriter of the Year, which he has captured for three consecutive years.

 

One of the evening’s many highlights was the “Visionary Award” presentation to Daniel Glass, renowned CEO and Founder of Glassnote Records. Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons presented the award to Glass, delivering a humorous and heartfelt speech. Glass was recognized for his tireless dedication to songwriters and immeasurable contributions to the music industry and for greatly affecting the lives and careers of songwriters. As a veteran of the music industry, Glass is known for recognizing and cultivating talent before anyone else. Glass launched Glassnote Entertainment Group in 2007, which encompasses a thriving music label, publishing company and merchandising arm. Under the guide, inspiration, and vision of Glass, Glassnote Records has gone on to identify and develop internationally successful artists including the Grammy Award-winning groups Mumford & Sons and Phoenix, as well as Two Door Cinema Club, Childish Gambino, The Temper Trap and many more notable artists. 

International music sensation Psy was awarded SESAC’s first ever “Video Performance Award” in recognition of his blockbuster “Gangnam Style” video, which saw over 1.5 billion YouTube views, an all-time high. Psy accepted his SESAC “Video Performance Award” via video thanking his fans for the video’s unprecedented success.

This year the industry-packed room was treated to special performances by two of SESAC’s newest buzzing signings, Andy Allo and PJ Morton. 

Pop newcomer Andy Allo thrilled the crowd with music from her Superconductor album, which was executive produced by Prince and includes tracks co-written by Allo and Prince. The album has generated rave reviews from music critics and helped establish Allo as one of the most exciting new talents to emerge in recent years.

 

Acclaimed singer/musician PJ Morton performed a riveting song from his critically praised album New Orleans to the delight of the packed crowd. Morton’s major label debut features guests like Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine and Busta Rhymes. 

   

The 2013 awards celebration drew more than 400 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals. The star-studded attendees included Michelle Williams; hip-hop artist and producer Swizz Beatz; Grammy Award winner, Melanie Fiona; award winning songwriter, Angela Hunte; and more. There were more than 40 songwriter and publisher award recipients in the categories of Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, and Rock. 

 

Billboard was the media sponsor.   

Established in 1930, SESAC is a service organization created to assist both the creators of music and music users through timely, efficient royalty collection and music licensing. SESAC maintains a diversified repertory that includes virtually all genres of music. Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London (www.sesac.com).

 

A complete list of honorees follows:

Songwriter of the Year:

Rico Love

 

Song of the Year:

“Heart Attack

Written by Rico Love

Published by: Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

 

Publisher of the Year:

Sony ATV Sounds

 

Visionary Award:

Daniel Glass

 

Video Performance Award:

PSY   

4 AM

Recorded by: Melanie Fiona

Songwriter: Rico Love, Earl Hood, Eric Goudy II

Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper, E Hood 66 Music, Grandmas Boy

 

“Finally Found You”

Recorded by: Enrique Iglesias feat. Sammy Adams

Songwriter: Jacob Luttrell

Publisher(s): LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East

“Gangnam Style”

Recorded by: Psy

Songwriter: Psy

Publisher(s): Universal Tunes, Sony ATV Sounds

“Heart Attack”

Recorded by: Trey Songz

Songwriter: Rico Love

Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

 

“I Can Only Imagine”

Recorded by: David Guetta feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne

Songwriter: Jacob Luttrell

Publisher(s): LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East

“I Will Wait”

Recorded by: Mumford & Sons

Songwriter(s): Ben Lovett, Ted Dwane, Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall

Publisher: Universal-PolyGram Intl Tunes Inc 

“Cough Syrup”

Recorded by: Young The Giant

Songwriter(s): Ehson Hashemian, Eric Cannata, François Comtois, Jacob Tilley, Sameer Gadhia

Publisher(s): Ehson Hashemian, EricC Publishing, The Jakes, Jacob Tilley, Mi Fiammetta Inc., Robot of the Century Tunes

“Let’s Talk”

Recorded by: Omarion feat. Rick Ross

Songwriter(s): Omarion

Publisher: Mr Granberry OS Music, Sony ATV Sounds

“Mr. Wrong”

Recorded by: Mary J. Blige feat. Drake

Songwriter(s): Rico Love

Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

“Next Breath”

Recorded by: Tank

Songwriter: Sammie

Publisher(s): Sammies Music Library

“Sabotage”

Recorded by: Wale feat. Lloyd

Songwriter: A. Nolan Kramer, Daniel Friedman, Samuel Dew

Publisher(s): Fat Bread Publishing, Nickel Muse, By the Chi Publishing

“Sweet Love”

Recorded by: Chris Brown feat. Wiz Khalifa & Big Sean

Songwriter: Nate “Danja” Hills

Publisher: Danjahandz Muzik

 

“Till I Die”

Recorded by: Chris Brown feat. Wiz Khalifa & Big Sean

Songwriter: Nate “Danja” Hills

Publisher: Danjahandz Muzik

“Touch’N You”

Recorded by: Rick Ross feat. Usher

Songwriter(s): Rico Love

Publisher(s): Rico Love Is Still A Rapper, Sony ATV Sounds

“Turn Up The Music”

Recorded by: Chris Brown

Songwriter(s): Alexander Palmer, Harvey Mason, Jr.  

Publisher(s): Fuego Songs Publishing, BMG Silver Songs US, Multisongs

 

“Wild Ones”

Recorded by: Flo Rida feat. Sia

Songwriter: Jacob Luttrell

Publisher(s): LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East

“Bottoms Up”

Recorded by: Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj

Songwriter: Milton “Track Dealer” James

Publisher(s): iHip Hop Music, Track Stash Publishing

 

“Just A Kiss”

Recorded by: Lady Antebellum

Songwriter: Hillary Scott

Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Hillary Dawn Songs

“I’m On One”

Recorded by: DJ Khaled feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne

Songwriter: Nikhil Seetharam

Publisher(s): Kromatik Music, Sony ATV Sounds

 

“Make Me Proud”

Recorded by: Drake feat. Nicki Minaj

Songwriter: Nikhil Seetharam

Publisher: Sony ATV Sounds, Kromatik Music

“Motivation”

Recorded by: Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne

Songwriter: Rico Love

Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

“Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)”

Recorded by: Enrique Iglesias feat. Ludacris

Songwriter: Jacob Luttrell

Publisher(s): LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East

 

“Lotus Flower Bomb”

Recorded by: Wale feat. Miguel

Songwriter: Samuel Dew

Publisher: By the Chi Publishing

“Without You”

Recorded by: David Guetta feat. Usher

Songwriter: Rico Love

Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

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