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Published: 5/5/2015

Stars Turn Out to Celebrate the 19th Annual SESAC Pop Awards

• Music Veteran Jon Platt Honored with the “Visionary Award”
• James Napier Takes Home Top Honor with Songwriter of the Year
• Napier & William Phillips Honored with Song of the Year for “Stay With Me”

Pictured (left to right): SESAC's Trevor Gale, Visionary Award recipient Jon Platt, Songwriter of the Year James Napier and Chuck D.

SESAC celebrated its top songwriters and publishers during the 19th annual SESAC Pop Awards at The New York Public Library on Monday, May 4. During an evening full of top hit makers, industry luminaries and special awards, James Napier captured the top honors taking home the coveted Songwriter of the Year award. Napier and songwriter William Phillips (aka Tourist) were honored with the Song of the Year for their massive hit, “Stay With Me,” as recorded by Sam Smith. Universal Tunes was named Publisher of the Year.

James Napier enjoyed an incredible year with the success of “Stay With Me.” Recorded by British singing sensation Sam Smith, the song topped the charts and won the GRAMMY Award for Song of the Year. Napier also scored big hits with Smith on “I’m Not The Only One,” as well as “Latch” by Disclosure feat. Sam Smith and “La La La” by Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith.

One of the evening’s major highlights was the presentation of the distinguished Visionary Award to Jon Platt, President, North America, for Warner/Chappell Music by legendary hip-hop artist and Public Enemy founder, Chuck D. Called “Publishing’s Pied Piper” by the Hollywood Reporter, Platt has long been recognized as one of the most revered executives in the music industry. Since joining Warner/Chappell, he has been instrumental in attracting a wide range of new and established talent including Jay Z, Beyoncé, Roc Nation’s publishing roster, Mike WiLL Made It, and Aloe Blacc, while continuing to build relationships with songwriters such as Katy Perry, Nate Ruess, Michael Bublé, Barry Gibb and George Michael. While at EMI, Jon personally signed Drake, Kanye West, Young Jeezy, Mary Mary and Snoop Dogg among others at the onset of their careers.


American Authors also received a special SESAC Sync Music Award for their hit, “Best Day Of My Life.” The hit song was the theme song for the NHL 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, featured in trailers for the films “Delivery Man” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and used in advertisements for Lowe’s, Hyundai, Nissan, and Lays among others.
 
City National Bank was a sponsor of the SESAC Pop Awards. Delta Airlines was the travel partner and The London NYC was the exclusive hotel sponsor.

See complete list of honorees

Publisher of the Year Universal Tunes.

SESAC's Trevor Gale, James Napier and SESAC's John Josephson.

SESAC's Mario Prins, DJ Marley Waters and SESAC's Trevor Gale.

SESAC Visionary Award recipients Richard Gottehrer (far left), Daniel Glass ( third from left) and Jon Platt (far right) visit with legendary music executive Seymour Stein.

Angela Hunte performs.

Pictured (left to right): SESAC's Linda Lorence Critellii, Pat Collins and John Sweeney, Songwriter of the Year James Napier and Trevor Gale.

Songwriter of the Year James Napier and SESAC’s Chairman/CEO John Josephson

Visionary Award recipient Jon Platt and Chuck D


A complete list of honorees follows

Songwriter of the Year: James Napier (PRS)

Song of the Year: “Stay With Me”
Written by James Napier (PRS) & William Phillips (PRS)
Published by: Salli Isaak Music Publishing (PRS)
Method Paperwork LTD (PRS)
Universal Tunes
 
Publisher of the Year: Universal Tunes
 
Visionary Award: Jon Platt

SESAC Sync Music Award: “Best Day of My Life”
Recorded by: American Authors
Written by Zac Barnett & James Shelley
Published by Zac Barnett Publishing, James Shelley Publishing, Round Hill Copyrights

“Fancy”
Recorded by: Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
Songwriter: Charli XCX (PRS)
Publisher: Stellar Songs Ltd. (PRS), Sony ATV Sounds

“Boom Clap”
Recorded by: Charli XCX
Songwriter: Charli XCX (PRS)
Publisher(s): Stellar Songs Ltd. (PRS), Sony ATV Sounds

“I Love It”
Recorded by Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX
Songwriter: Charli XCX (PRS)
Publisher(s): Stellar Songs Ltd. (PRS), Sony ATV Sounds

“Stay With Me”
Recorded by Sam Smith
Written by James Napier (PRS) & William Phillips (PRS)
Publisher(s): Salli Isaak Music Publishing (PRS)
Method Paperwork LTD (PRS)
Universal Tunes
 
“Latch”
Recorded by: Disclosure feat. Sam Smith
Songwriters: James Napier (PRS), Howard Lawrence (PRS), Guy Lawrence (PRS)
Publisher(s): Universal Music Publishing Limited (PRS), Salli Isaak Music Publishing (PRS), Universal Tunes
 
“Rather Be”
Recorded by: Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
Songwriter: James Napier (PRS)
Publisher(s): Salli Isaak Music Publishing (PRS), Universal Tunes
 
“I’m Not The Only One”
Recorded by: Sam Smith
Songwriter: James Napier (PRS)
Publisher: Salli Isaak Music Publishing (PRS), Universal Tunes
 
“La La La”
Recorded by: Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith
Songwriter: James Napier (PRS)
Publisher: Salli Isaak Music Publishing (PRS), Universal Tunes

“Show Me”

Recorded by: Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown
Songwriter(s): Mikely “Mike Free” Adam
Publisher: Mike Free Productions, Songs Music Publishing
 
“Na Na”
Recorded by: Trey Songz
Songwriter(s): Mikely “Mike Free” Adam
Publisher(s): Mike Free Productions, Songs Music Publishing
 
“My Hitta (Nigga)”
Recorded by: YG feat. Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan
Songwriter: Mikely “Mike Free” Adam
Publisher: Mike Free Productions, Songs Music Publishing

“No Mediocre”
Recorded by: T.I. feat. Iggy Azalea
Songwriter: Mikely “Mike Free” Adam
Publisher(s): Mike Free Productions, Songs Music Publishing

“Up Down (Do This All Day)”
Recorded by: T-Pain feat. B.O.B.
Songwriter: Mikely “Mike Free” Adam
Publisher(s): Mike Free Productions, Songs Music Publishing

“24 Hours”
Recorded by: TeeFLii feat. 2 Chainz
Songwriter(s): Mikely “Mike Free” Adam
Publisher(s): Mike Free Productions, Songs Music Publishing

“Best Day of My Life”
Recorded by American Authors
Written by Zac Barnett & James Shelley
Published by Zac Barnett Publishing, James Shelley Publishing, Round Hill Copyrights

“Believer”
Recorded by American Authors
Written by Zac Barnett & James Shelley
Published by Zac Barnett Publishing, James Shelley Publishing, Round Hill Copyrights

“2 On”
Recorded by: Tinashe feat. Schoolboy Q
Songwriter: DJ Marley Waters
Publisher(s): The Write Mindz, Sony ATV Sonata 
 
“Lifestyle”
Recorded by: Rich Gang feat. Rich Homie Quan & Young Thug
Songwriter: London On Da Track
Publisher: London on Da Track Publishing, Universal Tunes
 
“About The Money”
Recorded by: T.I. feat. Young Thug
Songwriter: London On Da Track
Publisher: London on Da Track Publishing, Universal Tunes

“They Don’t Know”
Recorded by: Rico Love
Songwriter(s): Rico Love, Earl Hood, Eric D. Goudy II aka Ell, Thurston McCrea
Publisher(s): Rico Love Is The Best Rapper Alive, E Hood 66 Music, Grandmas Boy, Thurst McGurst Publishing, W B M Music Corp, Sony ATV Sounds

“Fall In Love”
Recorded by: Phantogram
Songwriter(s): Sarah Barthel, Joshua Carter
Publisher(s): Demarest Barthel Music, Charlie Everywhere Music, RMM 416 Publishing
 
“It’s About Time”
Recorded by: Young The Giant
Songwriter(s): Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley, Eric Cannata, François Comtois. Payam Doostzadeh
Publisher(s): Mi Fiammetta, Jacob Tilley, EricC Publishing, The Jakes, The Doostzadeh Group, Nettwerk Arias

“Left Hand Free”
Recorded by: Alt-J
Songwriter(s): Joe Newman (PRS), Augustus Unger-Hamilton (PRS), Thomas Green (PRS)
Publisher(s): Kobalt Music Publishing Limited (PRS), Kobalt Group Publishing

“Love More”
Recorded by: Chris Brown feat. Nicki Minaj
Songwriter(s): Darrell “Keyz” Eversley, Howard “Haydock” Eversley, Shaun “SJ” Spearman
Publisher(s): Underclassmen Music, Lost On Campus, No Orientation

 
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