David Foster, Lady Antebellum, Jason Derulo and Lady Gaga score top honors at BMI pop awards
David Foster, Lady Antebellum, Jason Derulo and Lady Gaga won big Tuesday night at BMI’s 59th annual Pop Music Awards in Beverly Hills.
Gaga, Derulo and producer J.R. Rotem all shared the title of BMI pop songwriters of the year. Each tallied four singles -- Gaga for "Alejandro," "Bad Romance," "Paparazzi" and "Telephone"; Rotem and Derulo for "In My Head," "Ridin' Solo" and "Whatcha Say," plus Iyaz's "Replay" -- on the organization’s 50 most performed songs of the year list.
Lady Antebellum’s Grammy winning hit, “Need You Now,” earned the trophy for pop song of the year for cowriters Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley.
With 16 songs including Beyoncé's "Sweet Dreams," Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" and Kesha's "Your Love Is My Drug" among the year’s most-performed, Sony/ATV Songs LLC claimed the pop publisher of the year award.
Foster, a 15-time Grammy winner, was named the BMI icon for his “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Brian McKnight, Keri Hilson and Chaka Khan paid tribute to the songwriter-producer by performing the hits he had a hand in crafting.
During his speech, Foster said he’d “never been the type of musician going around complaining about the music business … it’s alive and thriving,” before doling out 10 rules of advice that he’d learned in the business.
“Rule No. 1: Save your money,” he said. “No. 10: Save your money.”
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: From left: Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood; songwriter-producer David Foster; and producers Jason Derulo and J.R. Rotem at the 59th annual BMI Pop Music Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 17 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Lester Cohen / WireImage.com