Singer-songwriter to receive lifetime kudo at org's Pop Awards

Songwriter-performer Carole King will receive the BMI Icon award at the 60th annual BMI Pop Awards, the performing rights org announced Thursday.

The kudos ceremony, to be held May 15 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, will see King collect the award that has previously been bestowed on Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, James Brown and Kris Kristofferson.

Starting her career as a songwriter with Brill Building outfit Aldon Music, King and then-husband Gerry Goffin penned a slew of iconic hits throughout the 1960s, including the Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion” and Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

King launched her career as a solo artist in 1970 and hit paydirt the following year with second LP “Tapestry,” which topped the album chart for 15 consecutive weeks and collected the Grammy for album of the year. Two other No. 1 albums followed that decade, and she recently made a return to the top 10 in 2010 via her collaboration with James Taylor, “Live at the Troubadour.”

Over the course of her career, King has notched well over 100 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Goffin, in 1990.

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