Ester Dean, Benny Blanco and Pitbull won big at the 60th annual BMI Pop Awards Tuesday night, with all three taking home songwriter of the year honors for penning five of the performing rights org’s most performed songs of the past year.
At the awards dinner held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Carole King received her previously announced BMI Icon Award, a lifetime kudo honoring her half-century as a songwriter and performer. Haley Reinhart, Colbie Caillat and Peter Noone (of Herman’s Hermits) were on hand to pay tribute.
BMI’s song of the year award went to Katy Perry’s “Firework,” with honors going to songwriters Dean and Sandy Vee, as well as publishers Peermusic and Dat Damn Dean Music. Universal Music Publishing Group was named publisher of the year, claiming 10 songs on BMI’s most-performed list.