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Published: 5/6/2014

SESAC Hosts 18th Annual Pop Awards, Charli XCX Named Songwriter of the Year

Sony ATV Sounds Named Publisher of the Year


(NEW YORK, May 6, 2014) – SESAC, the nation's most progressive performing rights organization, hosted its 18th annual Pop Awards at The New York Public Library on Monday, May 5.  Charli XCX captured top honors at the event, taking home both Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year for the hit, “I Love It,” as recorded by Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX.

See complete list of honorees.



Charli XCX had an incredible year with the success of the single.  Recorded by the Swedish synthpop duo and featuring Charli XCX, “I Love It” topped the charts and went on to sell over 2.6 million downloads, making it one of the biggest hits of 2013.



On the performances side, American Authors hyped the crowd with a rousing version of their pop smash, “Best Day Of My Life.” The group has seen unprecedented success with their breakout single and new album, Oh, What A Life. Rico Love, who won Songwriter of the Year for the past three years, performed at the awards for the first time with his song, “They Don’t Know,” from his newly released Discrete Luxury album, which showed him to be as gifted an artist as he is songwriter.



To top the night off, gospel crossover star Hezekiah Walker surprised the industry-packed gala with a stellar performance of his recent single, “Every Praise.” The track sat atop the No. 1 slot for 26 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay and hit the Top 25 on the Adult R&B charts.



One of the evening’s major highlights was the presentation of the Visionary Award to Richard Gottehrer of The Orchard.  Gottehrer, who started his career some five decades ago, began as a Brill Building songwriter, penning such classics as “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “I Want Candy.” He went on to co-found Sire Records with Seymour Stein, and established himself as a revered producer for popular acts such as Blondie, the Go-Gos and Joan Armatrading.  In 1997, Gottehrer partnered with Scott Cohen to create The Orchard, a major supplier of digital music.  Cohen was in attendance to present the award to him.


 
Publisher of the Year honors went to Sony ATV Sounds. 

City National Bank was the premier sponsor of the SESAC Pop Awards. Patrón was the liquor sponsor and Billboard was the media sponsor.




See complete list of honorees.




 


A complete list of honorees follows:

Songwriter of the Year: Charli XCX
 
Song of the Year: “I Love It”
Written by Charli XCX
Published by: Sony ATV Sounds
 
Publisher of the Year: Sony ATV Sounds 


 
Visionary Award: Richard Gottehrer

 “I Love It”
Recorded by: Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
Songwriter: Charli XCX
Publisher: Sony ATV Sounds
 
“Scream & Shout”
Recorded by: will.i.am feat. Britney Spears
Songwriter: Jaylien Wesley
Publisher: Jada Loves Daddy’s Musik

“Love More”
Recorded by: Chris Brown feat. Nicki Minaj
Songwriter: Darrell “Keyz” Eversley, Howard “Haydock” Eversley & Shaun “SJ” Spearman
Publisher(s): Lost On Campus, No Orientation & Underclassman Music
 
“Poetic Justice”
Recorded by: Kendrick Lamar feat. Drake
Songwriter: Elijah “Scoop Deville” Molina
Publisher: Elijah Molina Music
 
“Loveeeeeee Song”
Recorded by: Rihanna feat. Future
Songwriter: Denisia “Blu June” Andrews
Publisher(s): Bu Music Publishing LLC, Denisia Andrews Songs & Universal Tunes
 
“Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Recorded by: Kendrick Lamar
Songwriter: Nikhil Seetharam
Publisher: Sony ATV Sounds & Kromatik Music
 
“Rich As F**k”
Recorded by: Lil Wayne feat. 2 Chainz
Songwriter: Nikhil Seetharam
Publisher: Sony ATV Sounds & Kromatik Music

“Lover Of The Light”
Recorded by: Mumford & Sons
Songwriter(s): Edward Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall & Marcus Mumford
Publisher: Universal-PolyGram Intl Tunes, Inc.


 
“Ball”
Recorded by: T.I. feat. Lil Wayne
Songwriter(s): Eric D Goudy II aka EII, Earl Hood & Rico Love
Publisher(s): E Hood 66 Music, Sony ATV Sounds, Grandmas Boy & Rico Love Is Still A Rapper
 
“Beat It”
Recorded by: Sean Kingston feat. Chris Brown
Songwriter: Chris Constantine
Publisher: C Breeze Ent

“Ain’t Worried About Nothing”
Recorded by: French Montana
Songwriter: Eric D Goudy II aka EII, Earl Hood & Rico Love
Publisher(s): E Hood 66 Music, Sony ATV Sounds, Grandmas Boy, Rico Love Is The Best Rapper Alive & WBM Music Corp.
 
“A Couple Of Forevers”
Recorded by: Chrisette Michele
Songwriter: Chrisette Michele
Publisher(s): Chrisette Michele LLC, Sony ATV Sounds & Four Kings Publishing
 
“Stand Up”
Recorded by: All That Remains
Songwriter(s): Philip LeBonte, Oliver Herbert & Michael Martin
Publisher(s): Bardic Lore Music, Full Bladder Music, Meathead Music & Tunes of R and T Direct

“Work B**ch”
Recorded by: Britney Spears
Songwriter: Anthony Preston
Publisher: Kinda Silly Publishing
 

“LoveHate Thing”
Recorded by: Wale feat. Sam Dew
Songwriter: Sam Dew
Publisher: By the Chi Publishing & Sony/ATV Sonata
 
“Hollow”
Recorded by: Alice In Chains
Songwriter: Jerry Cantrell
Publisher: Roosters Son Publishing

“Every Praise”
Recorded by: Hezekiah Walker
Songwriter: Hezekiah Walker
Publisher(s): Lil Eva Music & Luv Ki Music

“I Will Wait”
Recorded by: Mumford & Sons
Songwriter(s): Edward Dwane, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall & Marcus Mumford
Publisher: Universal-PolyGram Intl Tunes, Inc.
 
“Heart Attack”
Recorded by: Trey Songz
Songwriter: Rico Love
Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds & Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

“Wild Ones”
Recorded by: Flo Rida feat. Sia
Songwriter: Jacob Luttrell
Publisher(s): Artist Publishing Group East & LSLX Music

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