Babyface tops BMI honors

Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds was named Songwriter of the Year by performing rights org Broadcast Music Inc.

The nod, given to Edmonds during BMI’s Pop Awards black-tie dinner gala Tuesday, marks back-to-back wins for the prolific scribe and his sixth career nod.

The org, which presented songwriter, song and publisher of the year honors to its members, held the 45th annual event at the Regent Beverly Wilshire.

Phil Spector, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann also were honored as the writers of the most performed song of the year, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,’ ” which was performed more than 7 million times during the year.

The tune, originally recorded by the Righteous Bros., toppled the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” which had held the top spot for more than a decade.

Edmonds was honored for having more compositions than any of the org’s writers by contributing to seven of the most performed songs listed with BMI. Alanis Morissette, Mariah Carey and Gavin Rossdale of Bush came closest to Edmonds, and were tied with four awards apiece.

“Nobody Knows,” a tune co-written by Dohn DuBose and Joe Rich and performed by Tony Rich also was honored as the BMI Pop Song of the Year, the org’s highest accolade.

Sony ATV Publishing Songs was named Publisher of the Year as it owned or co-owned 17 of the 73 songs being honored.

Other firms nabbing multiple nods for their repertoire included EMI Music Publishing with eight honored songs and ECAF Music with seven.

BMI honors its film and TV music composers tonight at the hotel.

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