The ASCAP Founders Award goes to pioneering ASCAP songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators.
“For the last four decades, John Mellencamp has captured the American experience in his songs,” said ASCAP president Paul Williams.
With a career spanning more than 35 years, Mellencamp has transitioned from pop star to one of the most highly regarded songwriters of a generation.
“His infectious melodies and compassionate lyrics, wrapped in workingman’s rock, crystallize life’s joys and struggles and illuminate the human condition,” said Williams.
ASCAP will also recognize Walk the Moon, who ruled the airwaves this past year with their hit “Shut Up and Dance” with the ASCAP Vanguard Award.
“It’s an honor and an awesome feeling to be recognized by ASCAP and the music-making community,” said Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon. “Our fellow artists and those who surround and support us somehow create more and more stylish, original work each year, and we are very proud to receive this award in such an exciting time, among such prolific people.”
The gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed pop songs of 2015, takes place at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.