ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2013

Priscilla Renea Performs; the Bird and the Bee Sing at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2013

Honors go to Ne-Yo, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Dr. Luke, Diplo, Big Sean, Max Martin and More

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The ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2013 honored songwriters and publishers of 2012’s most performed music Apr. 17 at the Loew’s Hollywood Hotel.

The awards ceremony followed a breezy poolside buffet on the hotel’s rooftop, attended by such pop superstars Ne-Yo, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Dr. Luke, aka Lucasz Gottwald, Diplo Big Sean, and Max Martin.

Given a dress code of “creative black tie,” guests wore everything from jeans to floor-length gowns. Debbie Gibson chose super-short for the soiree; and RaeLynn of “The Voice” looked especially smart in an eye-popping cocktail frock by Ani & Ari that was so bright you could see her from across the roof.

Plus, there were enough hats in the crowd to make it apparent that headgear is making a comeback – at least for players in the music world.

And while Priscilla Renea started out in a super-short dress, she switched into something long, cut-out and topped with shoulder jewels to perform two numbers, including “Don’t Wake Me Up,” which she co-wrote with Chris Brown and others.

In welcoming the crowd of songwriters, composers, music publishers and performers, iconic songwriter Paul Williams lamented the state of the industry. Williams is president of ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, a performance-rights organization.

“The bastards aren’t paying us enough money,” he said, going off script. “There would be no music. There would be nothing to stream, nothing to perform. There would be no music if songwriters and composers could not make money from their art.”

In official ceremonies, Diplo – attending with Kathryn Lockhart – took home the night’s Vanguard Award. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, who were not present, accepted the ASCAP Founders Award via videotape.

For his top hits, which this year included Katy Perry’s “Part of Me,” Jessie J’s “Domino,” Usher’s “Scream,” and Maroon 5’s “One More Night,” Max Martin was named Songwriter of the Year.

Song of the Year honors went to fun.’s “We Are Young;” and Publisher of the Year, to Sony/ATV Tunes.

The night also paid tribute to the Hal David, who died this year at age 91. (To read about Hal David’s 90th birthday, click here.)

“It’s hard to grasp that one guy could have been so prolific, so consistent, so masterful,” Williams said, naming – and singing snippets of -“I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “I Say a Little Prayer” “and Alfie.”

“(David) hit the mark over and over and over again,” Williams continued. “His lyrics were filled with romance, with heartbreak, the state of the world, humanity.”  

In David’s honor, the Bird and the Bee, a.k.a., Inara George and Greg Curstin performed David’s beloved classic, “What the World Needs Now.”

The event kicked off the “I Create Music” Expo, which continues through Apr. 20. Panelists included, among other pop superstars, Ne-Yo, Diplo and Katy Perry, who at last year’s Pop Music Awards, took home honors for five #1 singles from the same album. 


Top photo: Priscilla Renea sings two numbers at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2013 (photo:

Second photo: From left, songwriter-producer Tor Erik Hermansen of Stargate, singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, songwriter-producer Mikkel Storleer Eriksen of Stargate receive their award from ASCAP’s Jason Silberman at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards (Photo by Phil McCarten/ Invision for ASCAP/ AP Images)

Third photo: From left, Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen of Stargate with David Guetta and Debbie Gibson at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2013 (Photo by Tonya Wise/ Invision for ASCAP/ AP Images)   

Fourth photo: RaeLynn of “The Voice” turned up in a cocktail frock by Ani & Ari at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2013. (photo:

Fifth photo: Katy Perry spoke the day after the ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the “I Create Music Expo” (photo: PictureGroup, courtesy of ASCAP)


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ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2013

Published Apr. 18, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA