Rooney takes top tunesmith nod

HOLLYWOOD — BMI feted writers and publishers of the year’s 50 most performed songs during the 49th annual BMI Awards Tuesday at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Cory Rooney snatched the pop songwriter of the year award for his stack of hits “Bring It All To Me,” recorded by Blaque and ‘N Sync, “I Need To Know” and “You Sang To Me,” both recorded by Marc Anthony.

For the fourth consecutive year, EMI Music Publishing won the pop publisher of the year prize.

Songwriter Stephanie Bentley, along with publishers Hopechest Music and Universal-Songs of PolyGram Intl., earned the BMI pop song of the year for “Breathe.” Distinction is given to the song that racks up the most feature broadcast perfs during a given year.

Song, from Faith Hill’s Warner Bros. album of the same name received a 2000 BMI Country Award.

Among other songwriters recognized were Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs, Jerry “Wonder” Duplessis, Fred Jerkins, Rodney Jerkins, Robi “Draco” Rosa, Scott Stapp, Sting, Rob Thomas and Mark Tremonti.

Publishers that garnered a number of awards included Warner-Tamerlane; Sony/ATV Songs LLC/Sony/ATV Tree; Universal Music Publishing; Careers-BMG Music Publishing; Cori Tiffani Publishing; Ensign Music Corp. and Zomba Songs.

W.G. Snuffy Walden, who composed music for TV shows “thirtysomething,” “The Wonder Years,” “Ellen,” “Rosanne,” “The West Wing,” “The Drew Carey Show” and “Once and Again” among many others, received the Richard Kirk award for outstanding career achievement.

Composers who collected multiple film music awards included Trevor Rabin (“Remembering the Titans”) and Edward Shearmur (“Charlie’s Angels”)

A special film music award went to composer Lalo Schifrin for his legendary “Mission: Impossible” theme that was used throughout “Mission: Impossible 2.”

“Doesn’t Really Matter” from “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps,” written by Janet Jackson and published by Black Ice Publishing, was named the most performed song from a motion picture.

Among the composers receiving multiple TV music nods were Mike Post (“NYPD Blue”) and David Vanacore (“Survivor”).

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