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Published: 5/14/2013

SESAC Hosts 17th Annual Pop Awards

Rico Love Named Songwriter of the Year
Trey Songz’s “Heart Attack" Wins Song of the Year Honors
Sony ATV Sounds Named Publisher of the Year
Daniel Glass Honored with “Visionary Award”



SESAC Pop Awards 2013 NYC

(New York, NY May 14, 2013)- SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization, hosted its 17th Annual Pop Awards last night at the prestigious New York Public Library. Rico Love captured top honors at the event taking home both Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year awards for his hit, “Heart Attack” as recorded by Trey Songz.

SESAC Publisher of the Year honors went to Sony ATV Sounds.

Love is responsible for penning an extraordinary six of the evening’s honored songs including Song of the Year “Heart Attack” by Trey Songz, “4 AM” by Melanie Fiona, “Mr. Wrong” by Mary J. Blige feat. Drake, “Touch’N You” by Rick Ross feat. Usher, “Motivation” by Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne and “Without You” by David Guetta feat. Usher. Pop songstress Michelle Williams made a special appearance to present Love with the night’s biggest honor of Songwriter of the Year, which he has captured for three consecutive years.

One of the evening’s many highlights was the “Visionary Award” presentation to Daniel Glass, renowned CEO and Founder of Glassnote Records. Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons presented the award to Glass, delivering a humorous and heartfelt speech. Glass was recognized for his tireless dedication to songwriters and immeasurable contributions to the music industry and for greatly affecting the lives and careers of songwriters. As a veteran of the music industry, Glass is known for recognizing and cultivating talent before anyone else. Glass launched Glassnote Entertainment Group in 2007, which encompasses a thriving music label, publishing company and merchandising arm. Under the guide, inspiration, and vision of Glass, Glassnote Records has gone on to identify and develop internationally successful artists including the Grammy Award-winning groups Mumford & Sons and Phoenix, as well as Two Door Cinema Club, Childish Gambino, The Temper Trap and many more notable artists.

International music sensation Psy was awarded SESAC’s first ever “Video Performance Award” in recognition of his blockbuster “Gangnam Style” video, which saw over 1.5 billion YouTube views, an all-time high. Psy accepted his SESAC “Video Performance Award” via video thanking his fans for the video’s unprecedented success.

This year the industry-packed room was treated to special performances by two of SESAC’s newest buzzing signings, Andy Allo and PJ Morton.

Pop newcomer Andy Allo thrilled the crowd with music from her Superconductor album, which was executive produced by Prince and includes tracks co-written by Allo and Prince. The album has generated rave reviews from music critics and helped establish Allo as one of the most exciting new talents to emerge in recent years.


 
Acclaimed singer/musician PJ Morton performed a riveting song from his critically praised album New Orleans to the delight of the packed crowd. Morton’s major label debut features guests like Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine and Busta Rhymes.


 
The 2013 awards celebration drew more than 400 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals. The star-studded attendees included Michelle Williams; hip-hop artist and producer Swizz Beatz; Grammy Award winner, Melanie Fiona; award winning songwriter, Angela Hunte; 112’s, Q Parker“ and more. There were more than 40 songwriter and publisher award recipients in the categories of Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, and Rock. Billboard was the media sponsor. 

“Visionary Award” presentation to Daniel Glass, renowned CEO and Founder of Glassnote Records

 

Psy was awarded SESAC’s first ever “Video Performance Award” in recognition of his blockbuster “Gangnam Style” video

 

A complete list of honorees follows:

Songwriter of the Year:
Rico Love
 
Song of the Year:
“Heart Attack
Written by Rico Love
Published by: Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper
 
Publisher of the Year:
Sony ATV Sounds
 
“Visionary Award”
Daniel Glass
 
PSY
“Video Performance Award”
 
“4 AM”
Recorded by: Melanie Fiona
Songwriter: Rico Love, Earl Hood, Eric Goudy II
Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper, E Hood 66 Music, Grandmas Boy
 
“Finally Found You”
Recorded by: Enrique Iglesias feat. Sammy Adams
Songwriter: Jacob Luttrell
Publisher(s): LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East

“Gangnam Style”
Recorded by: Psy
Songwriter: Psy
Publisher(s): Universal Tunes, Sony ATV Sounds
 
“Heart Attack”
Recorded by: Trey Songz
Songwriter: Rico Love
Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper
 
“I Can Only Imagine”
Recorded by: David Guetta feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne
Songwriter: Jacob Luttrell
Publisher(s): LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East
 
“I Will Wait”
Recorded by: Mumford & Sons
Songwriter(s): Ben Lovett, Ted Dwane, Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall
Publisher: Universal-PolyGram Intl Tunes Inc
 
“Cough Syrup”
Recorded by: Young The Giant
Songwriter(s): Ehson Hashemian, Eric Cannata, François Comtois, Jacob Tilley, Sameer Gadhia
Publisher(s): Ehson Hashemian, EricC Publishing, The Jakes, Jacob Tilley, Mi Fiammetta Inc., Robot of the Century Tunes

“Let’s Talk”
Recorded by: Omarion feat. Rick Ross
Songwriter(s): Omarion
Publisher: Mr Granberry OS Music, Sony ATV Sounds
 
“Mr. Wrong”
Recorded by: Mary J. Blige feat. Drake
Songwriter(s): Rico Love
Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper
 
“Next Breath”
Recorded by: Tank
Songwriter: Sammie
Publisher(s): Sammies Music Library
 
“Sabotage”
Recorded by: Wale feat. Lloyd
Songwriter: A. Nolan Kramer, Daniel Friedman, Samuel Dew
Publisher(s): Fat Bread Publishing, Nickel Muse, By the Chi Publishing
 
“Sweet Love” Recorded by: Chris Brown
Songwriter(s): Greg Curtis, Jason Perry
Publisher(s): Cardraygee Music Publishing, Jasons Lyrics, Reach Global Tunes, Universal Tunes
 
“Till I Die”
Recorded by: Chris Brown feat. Wiz Khalifa & Big Sean
Songwriter: Nate “Danja” Hills
Publisher: Danjahandz Muzik
 
“Touch’N You”
Recorded by: Rick Ross feat. Usher
Songwriter(s): Rico Love
Publisher(s): Rico Love Is Still A Rapper, Sony ATV Sounds
 
“Turn Up The Music”
Recorded by: Chris Brown
Songwriter(s): Alexander Palmer, Harvey Mason, Jr. 
Publisher(s): Fuego Songs Publishing, BMG Silver Songs US, Multisongs
 
“Wild Ones”
Recorded by: Flo Rida feat. Sia
Songwriter: Jacob Luttrell
Publisher(s): LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East
 
“Bottoms Up”
Recorded by: Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj
Songwriter: Milton “Track Dealer” James
Publisher(s): iHip Hop Music, Track Stash Publishing
 
“Just A Kiss”
Recorded by: Lady Antebellum Songwriter: Hillary Scott
Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Hillary Dawn Songs
 
“I’m On One”
Recorded by: DJ Khaled feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
Songwriter: Nikhil Seetharam
Publisher(s): Kromatik Music, Sony ATV Sounds
 
“Make Me Proud”
Recorded by: Drake feat. Nicki Minaj
Songwriter: Nikhil Seetharam
Publisher: Sony ATV Sounds, Kromatik Music
 
“Motivation” Recorded by: Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne
Songwriter: Rico Love
Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper
 
“Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)”
Recorded by: Enrique Iglesias feat. Ludacris
Songwriter: Jacob Luttrell
Publisher(s): LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East
 
“Lotus Flower Bomb”
Recorded by: Wale feat. Miguel
Songwriter: Samuel Dew
Publisher: By the Chi Publishing
 
“Without You”
Recorded by: David Guetta feat. Usher
Songwriter: Rico Love
Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

 
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