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BMI fetes tunesmiths

EMI named publisher of the year

Mariah Carey, Sarah McLachlan, Shania Twain and Rob Thomas were among the artists feted Tuesday by performing rights society BMI at its annual gala.

The quartet shared the org’s coveted pop songwriter of the year nod, as each was behind three of the most performed songs of the year.

Also recognized at BMI’s 47th annual Pop Awards gala at the Regent BevWilshire hotel was Twain’s “You’re Still the One,” which was voted pop song of the year.

Twain, who co-wrote the song with husband/producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, was also honored for “From This Moment On” and “Love Gets Me Every Time,” additional tracks off her Mercury Nashville disc “Come on Over.”

Carey was recognized for “Honey” and “My All,” songs from her Columbia Records disc “Butterfly.” The nods brought the number of BMI awards she has received to 18.

McLachlan’s nods stemmed from “Adia,” “Building a Mystery” and “Sweet Surrender” off of her Arista Records album “Surfacing.”

Thomas, front man for Matchbox 20, was honored for hits “3 a.m.,” “Push” and “Real World” off the band’s Lava/Atlantic Records debut, “Yourself or Someone Like You.”

EMI Music Publishing was named publisher of the year, as 16 of its tunes were among the society’s most performed songs. This is the second consecutive and fifth win in the past 10 years for the publishing titan.

During the black-tie gala, 120 songwriters were recognized with BMI’s citations of achievement.

BMI’s film and TV music awards, which included a career achievement nod to vet composer John Williams, Wednesday.