ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2012

Pop Icons Carly Simon, Trent Reznor and Peter Frampton Honored; Katy Perry, Bruno Mars Big Winners, at ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2012


On naming the Bruno Mars tune, “Just The Way You Are,” the 2011 “Song of the Year” at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards, Bruno Mars and his four co-writers, plus 11 different publishers filled the stage end-to-end in a double row at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. (To see 25+ pictures from the event, click here.)

Sometimes, apparently, it takes a village to create the year’s biggest hit.

Presenters called the song “a cultural touchstone,” proving the point in video clips of the tune on top TV shows, such as “American Idol,” “Dancing With the Stars” and “Glee,” in the latter case as a serenade by Cory Monteith, as “Finn Hudson,” to Chris Colfer, as his stepbrother “Kurt Hummel.”

Katy Perry was another of the night’s big winners. The first woman to have five no. 1 singles on the same album, she and her co-writers ascended the stage over and over again to collect the ASCAP plaques.  ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

In addition to awards to songwriters and publishers for the year’s best performing songs, the Apr. 18 event honored Max Martin as Songwriter of the Year; Trent Reznor with the ASCAP Golden Note Award; Peter Frampton with the Global Impact Award; and both EMI Music Publishing and Warner/ Chappell Music as Publishers of the Year.

But regardless of all the others who received awards, the night belonged to Carly Simon, who was recognized with the ASCAP Founders Award for her lifetime of achievement.

“With her amazing gift for melody; with her keen eye for poetic detail, Carly Simon spoke to millions of people,” said Paul Williams, the event’s emcee.

Legendary singer/ songwriter Bill Withers described Simon’s music as “artful and thoughtful,” adding, “As the kids would say, Carly’s dope at dealing with feelings.”

On taking the podium, Simon not only thanked the crowd with warmth, but also expressed surprise at the elaborate video tribute. “I never imagined that you would go to the trouble of making a film about me,” she said.

Simon then concluded the program with two songs, dedicating the last number to “my darling Richard Perry,” her record producer. 

And earlier that evening, Perry proved the admiration was mutual. “I’m proud of her,” he said of Simon, while seated at the poolside buffet preceding ceremonies. There, Perry shared a table with his significant other, the ever-elegant Jane Fonda, looking beautiful as she does each time I see her.  

“Some people think, ‘You’re So Vain’ is the best record ever made,” Perry said, describing Simon’s signature song as “multi-layered” and “thought-provoking.”

Also mingling poolside before the official program were 700 songwriters, recording stars, publishers and other industry VIPs, many wearing yellow ribbons to denote their having created the year’s most performed songs.

One of the night’s honorees, David (Goonrock) Listenbee, said he wrote “Sexy and I Know It” in the shower. “It was a long shower,” he said, adding, “I need to take more long showers.”

The ribbons served as accessories to the “creative black tie” dress code specified on the invitation. Singer/songwriter Bonnie McKee sported a teensy super-chic cocktail frock; 2010 Miss USA Rima Fakih wore a shimmery red tunic by Yara Yousif; and the always-glamorous Katy Perry turned up in a sheer, richly embroidered Temperley London gown. For the occasion, Perry wore her hair in deep purple waves.

(As fashion savvy as anyone can be, Perry paid me the compliment of asking about what I was wearing — it was a vintage Chanel couture jacket.) 

And speaking of hair, during the awards ceremony, after a video highlighting honoree Trent Reznor’s years with “Nine Inch Nails,” Reznor said, “Watching that, it’s pretty clear that bad haircuts have played an important role in my career.”

Also among those attending were Ludacris, Ne-Yo, David Guetta, Taio Cruz, Jimmy Webb, Desmond Child and noted voice coach Eric Vetro. Songwriter Dan Wilson sang his song, “Someone Like You;” and Natalie Maines sang Carly Simon’s classic, “That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be.”

Click here to see more than 25 photos from the ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2012 


Photos this page: Carly Simon, honored with the ASCAP Founders Award at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2012 ; Katy Perry, called the first female to have 5 no. 1 singles on the same album; Record producer Richard Perry and Jane Fonda at the cocktail reception preceding the ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2012 ; Bruno Mars, far left, plus co-writers and publishers accept the “Song of the Year” award at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2012 for “Just the Way You Are.”



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Published Apr. 19, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA