Diane Warren was named songwriter of the year and “Save the Best For Last” was tabbed song of the year to highlight the 10th annual American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers Pop Awards, held Monday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The event, which honors the writers and publishers of the most performed songs in the ASCAP repertory from Oct. 1, 1991-through Sept. 30, 1992, was hosted by the songwriting/production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Warren won her third ASCAP songwriter of the year honor, given for the greatest number of award-winning songs. “If You Asked Me To,””Live For Loving You,””Missing You Now,””Time Love and Tenderness,” and “Set the Night to Music” were Warren’s award winners.
Most-performed song of the year honors went to Phil Galdston’s “Save the Best For Last,” covered by Vanessa Williams and published by Kazzoom Music and Polygram International Publishing.
EMI Music copped top publisher honors by having 12 songs among the most-performed of the year. In another highlight, ASCAP president Morton Gould presented the ASCAP Founders Award to Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
The complete list of winners follows:
“Baby Baby”– writers, Amy Grant, Keith Thomas; publishers, Age To Age Music Inc., BMG Songs Inc., Yellow Elephant Music Inc.
“Beauty and the Beast”– writers, Howard Ashman, Alan Menken; publisher, Walt Disney Music Company
“Black or White”– writers, Bill Bottrell, Michael Jackson; publisher, Ignorant Music
“Blowing Kisses in the Wind”– writer, Peter Lord; publishers, EMI Music Publishing, Leosun Music
“Broken Arrow”– writer, Robbie Robertson; publisher, Medicine Hat Music
“Can’t Let Go”– writers, Walter Afanasieff, Mariah Carey; publishers, Wally World Music, Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
“Diamonds and Pearls”– writer, Prince; publisher, Controversy Music
“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me”– writers, Elton John (PRS), Bernie Taupin; publisher, Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
“Don’t Want to Be a Fool”– writers, Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross; publishers, EMI Music Publishing, MCA Inc., Thriller Miller Music, Uncle Ronnie’s Music Co.
“Emotions”– writers, Robert Clivilles, David Cole, Mariah Carey; publishers, Cole/Clivilles Music, EMI Music Publishing, Red Instructional Music, Robi-Rob Music
“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”– writers, Bryan Adams, Robert John “Mutt” Lange (PRS), Michael Kamen; publishers, Almo Music, Badams Music, Miracle Creek Music Inc., Zomba Enterprises Inc.
“Finally”– writers, CeCe Penisten, Felipe Delgado, Rodney Jackson, E.L. Linnear; publishers, Blue Zephyr Music, CeCe Pen Music
“Good For Me”– writers, Amy Grant, Jay Gruska, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Tom Snow; publishers, Age to Age Music Inc., J-88 Music
“Hazard”– writer, Richard Marx; publisher, Chi-Boy Music
“Hold On My Heart”– writers, Tony Banks (PRS), Phil Collins (PRS), Mike Rutherford (PRS); publisher, Hit & Run Music Publishing Inc.
“Hole Hearted”– writers, Nuno Bettencourt, Gary Cherrone; publisher, Funky Metal Music
“I Adore Mi Amor”– writers, Bryan K. Abrams, Mark Calderon, Kevin Thornton, Samuel Watters, Hamea El Din Lee; publishers, Azmab Eol, Me-Good Music
“I Can’t Dance”– writers, Tony Banks (PRS), Phil Collins (PRS), Mike Rutherford (PRS); publisher, Hit & Run Music Publishing Inc.
“I Can’t Make You Love Me”– writers, Mike Reid, Allen Shamblin; publishers, Almo Music, Brio Blues Music, Hayes Street Music
“I Love Your Smile”– writers, Jarvis La Rue Baker, Sylvester Jackson Jr., Narada Michael Walden, Shanice Wilson; publishers, EMI Music Publishing, Gratitude Sky Music, Shanice 4 U Music
“I Wonder Why”– writers, Glen Ballard, Curtis Stigers; publishers, Aerostation Corp., C. Montrose S. Music Inc., MCA Inc., Sony Tunes Inc.
“I’ll Be There”– writers, Hal Davis, Berry Gordy, Willie Hutch, Bob West; publisher, Jobete Music Co. Inc.
“If You Asked Me To”– writer, Diane Warren; publishers, EMI Music Publishing , Realsongs
“It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”– writers, Christine Yarian Perren , Freddie Perren; publisher, Jobete Music Co Inc.
“Jump”– writer, Jermaine Dupri; publishers, EMI Music Publishing, So So Def Music
“Just Another Day”– writers, Jon Secada, Miguel Morojon; publisher, Estefan Music Publishing Inc.
“Keep Coming Back”– writer, Richard Marx; publisher, Chi-Boy Music
“Live for Loving You”– writers, Diane Warren, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan; publisher, Realsongs
“Love of a Lifetime”– writers, Bill Leverty, C.J. Snare; publishers, Sony Tunes Inc., Wocka Wocka Music
“Make It Happen”– writers, Robert Clivilles, David Cole, Mariah Carey; publishers, Cole/Clivilles Music, EMI Music Publishing, Red Instructional Music, Robi-Rob Music
“Masterpiece”– writer, Kenny Nolan; publisher, Kenny Nolan Publishing Company
“Missing You Now”– writers, Walter Afanasieff, Diane Warren, Michael Bolton; publishers, Realsongs, Wally World Music, Warner/Chappell Music
“Motownphilly”– writers, Dallas Austin, Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman; publishers, Big Ten Publishing Co., Darp Music, Diva One Music, EMI Music Publishing, MCA Inc.
“The Motown Song”– writer, Larry John McNally; publishers, MCA Inc., McNally Music Publishing
“Mysterious Ways”– writers, Bono (PRS), Adam Clayton (PRS), The Edge (PRS), Larry Mullen (PRS); publisher, Polygram Intl. Publishing Inc.
“The One”– writers, Elton John (PRS), Bernie Taupin; publisher, Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
“O.P.P.”– writers, Vincent Brown, Anthony Criss, Keir Gist, Berry Gordy, Alphonso Minell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards; publishers, Jobete Music Co. Inc., T-Boy Music Publishing
“The Promise of a New Day”– writers, Paula Abdul, Peter Lord, Sandra St. Victor, Jeff Smith; publishers, EMI Music Publishing, Leosun Music, Manaami Music, PJA Music
“Remember the Time”– writers, Bernard Belle, Teddy Riley, Michael Jackson; publishers, B-Funk Music, Denril Music, Warner/Chappell Music Inc., Zomba Enterprises Inc.
“Romantic”– writers, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Karyn White; publisher, Flyte Tyme Tunes
“Save the Best For Last”– writers, Phil Galdsten, Jon Lind, Wendy Waldman; publishers, Kazzoom Music, Polygram Intl. Publishing Inc.
“Set the Night to Music”– writer, Diane Warren; publisher, Realsongs
“Tell Me What You Want Me to Do”– writers, Tevin Campbell, Sally Jo Dakota, Narada Michael Walden; publishers, Gratiende Sky Music, Tevin Campbell Music
“That’s What Love Is For”– writers, Amy Grant, Mark Mueller, Michael Omartian; publishers, Age To Age Music Inc., All Nations Music, MCA Inc., Moo Maiten
“Things That Make You Go Hmmm”– writers, Robert Clivilles, Freedom Williams; publishers, Cole/Clivilles Music, EMI Music Publishing, RBG Dome Music
“Time Love & Tenderness”– writer, Diane Warren; publisher, Realsongs
“To Be With You”– writers, David Grahame, Eric Martin; publishers Dog Turner Music, EMI Music Publishing, Eric Martin Songs
“Too Many Walls”– writers, Cathy Dennis (PRS), Anne Dudley (PRS); publisher, EMI Music Publishing
“Unchained Melody”– writers, Alex North, Ily Zaret; publisher, Frank Music Corp.
“What Becomes of the Broken Hearted”– writers, Paul Riser, James Dean, William Weatherspoon; publisher, Jobete Music Co. Inc.
“The Wind Beneath My Wings”– writers, Jeff Silbar, Larry Henley; publisher, Warner/Chappell
“Wind of Change”– writer, Klaus Meine (GEMA); publisher, PRI Music Inc.