Diane Warren and Max Martin were named songwriters of the year Monday by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. It was an unprecedented fifth consecutive year for Warren.
The duo was honored during the performing rights society’s 16th annual gala held Monday at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
Warren’s “How Do I Live,” which was turned into hits by both LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood, was also named song of the year.
Martin co-penned “As Long as You Love Me” and other hits for the Backstreet Boys and ‘N-Sync, among others.
More than 700 leading songwriters, composers and music industry execs attended the event, at which Joni Mitchell was honored with ASCAP’s Founder’s Award.
“Joni’s influence has been incalculable … (her) classic songs have succeeded as works of art and as commercial successes,” said Marilyn Bergman, ASCAP prexy and chairman.
Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder participated in the presentation to Mitchell, which featured Wonder performing Mitchell’s “Woodstock.”
Publisher of the year honors went to industry titans Warner-Chappell and EMI. The Beastie Boys earned ASCAP’s college radio award.
The ASCAP Pop Awards honor the industry’s most performed songs belonging to the org’s scribes and publishers. Tunes released during the survey period, Oct. 1, 1997-Sept. 30, 1998, were eligible.