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Coldplay takes top honors at ASCAP London Awards

Universal Music Publishing named publisher of the year

The members of Coldplay took top honors for songwriters of the year and song of the year at the ASCAP London Awards, recognizing the performing rights org’s most performed tunes and presented Wednesday at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin were feted collectively as cleffers, while the title cut of their album “Viva La Vida” was named song of the year.

Universal Music Publishing took publisher of the year honors for its most-performed winning songs “Heartless” (by Mr. Hudson), “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” (Philip Collen, Stephen Clark, Joseph Elliott, Robert “Mutt” Lange and Richard Savage), “Sweet Dreams” (Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart) and “Viva La Vida.”

British native Taio Cruz, whose recent debut album “Departure” was a U.K. and U.S. hit, took home the Vanguard Award for his breakthrough work. English pop band Scouting for Girls received the College Award for its sophomore release “Everybody Wants to Be on TV.”

Film and TV theme honorees included Nicholas Hooper (“Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”), Erran Baron Cohen (“Bruno”), Alex Heffes (“State of Play”), Dario Marianelli (“Everybody’s Fine,” “The Soloist”), Paul Englishby (“An Education”), Cathy Dennis, Julian Gingell and Barry Stone (“American Idol Theme”), Josh Phillips and Dan McGrath (“Dancing With the Stars”), Elizabeth Fraser (“Teardrop,” from “House”), and Keith Strachan and Matthew Strachan (“Who Wants to be a Millionaire”).

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