ASCAP sings its praises

Performance rights org hands out Pop Awards

ASCAP feted songwriter of the year Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and named Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” song of the year at performance rights org’s annual Pop Awards Wednesday evening at the Renaissance Hollywood.

Cleffer-performer-producer-mixer Gottwald received props for penning five of the year’s most performed tunes: Britney Spears’ “Circus,” Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold,” Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You,” Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” and Flo Rida’s “Right Round.”

Year’s other multiple award winners were C. “Tricky” Stewart (for Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It,” Mariah Carey’s “Obsessed” and

Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”), Katy Perry (for her “Hot N Cold” and “Waking Up in Vegas”) and Marcella Araica (for Keri Hilson’s “Knock You Down” and Pink’s “Sober”).

Mraz’s “I’m Yours” was ubiquitous on the charts last year, logging a record-setting 76 weeks on the U.S. singles chart.

EMI Music Publishing was named ASCAP’s publisher of the year for the eighth consecutive year and the 16th time in the 27-year history of the Pop Awards. Firm, which commands the top publishing market share, accounted for 15 of the year’s most performed songs.

Punk pioneer Patti Smith received the ASCAP Founders Award for her career contributions and continuing musical influence. Smith joins such previous honorees as Bob Dylan, Jackson Brown, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder.

Las Vegas rock unit the Killers collected ASCAP’s Vanguard Award for their impact on the future of music. Previous recipients included Jack Johnson, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Beck and Bjork.

Awards dinner served as the kickoff for songwriting and publishing confab ASCAP Expo, which runs Thursday-Saturday at the Renaissance.

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