ASCAP to Honor Steve Miller and Lionel Richie at 25th Annual Pop Music Awards on April 9 in Los Angeles
ASCAP Celebrates 25 Years of Honoring Pop Music's Top Music Creators
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 6, 2008) - The American Society of Composers, Authors and
Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Lionel Richie and Steve Miller at its 25th
Annual Pop Music Awards on April 9th at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles,
California. Richie and Miller will be presented with the prestigious ASCAP
Golden Note Award, which is presented to songwriters, composers, and
artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. The
invitation-only gala will also honor the songwriters and publishers of
ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2007.
Commenting on the two Golden Note honorees, ASCAP President and Chairman
Marilyn Bergman said, "As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Pop
Awards, we are especially proud to spotlight the achievements of ASCAP
members Steve Miller and Lionel Richie. Both of them are iconic music
creators whose enduring and instantly recognizable songs say, 'America'
around the world."
Previous ASCAP Golden Note Award honorees include Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder,
Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jay-Z, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J
and George Michael, among others.
Steve Miller, born in Wisconsin and raised in Texas, is one of the most
beloved rock & roll stars of the past four decades. He emerged out of the
same mid-1960s Chicago music scene that produced the Paul Butterfield Blues
Band. Relocating to San Francisco at the beginning of the psychedelic rock
era, the Steve Miller Band became one of the most notable Bay Area acts of
the late 1960s and early 70s, with such FM Rock Radio staples as "Living in
the USA" and "Space Cowboy." In the mid-1970s the Steve Miller Band broke
through to worldwide success as an arena rock attraction with a series of
multi-Platinum selling albums ("The Joker," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Book of
Dreams") and Top Ten hits written or co-written by Miller, including "The
Joker," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Take the Money and Run," "Rock'n Me,"
"Swingtown," and "Abracadabra." Miller, whose music enthusiast father
introduced him as a child to such musicians as Les Paul and Charles Mingus,
is well known for his guitar excellence, mastery of the studio and
Lionel Richie, a native of Tuskegee, Alabama, joined a rhythm & blues band
called the Commodores as a saxophonist. During the late 1970s and early
80s, Richie's original songs would bring the Commodores success after
success on both the Pop and R&B charts with such hits as "Easy," "Still,"
"Three Times a Lady" and "Sail On." After writing and recording (as a duet
with Diana Ross) the Oscar-nominated "Endless Love" movie theme, Richie
embarked on a monumental solo career that brought him four Grammy Awards
and a Best Song Academy Award (for "Say You, Say Me" from the film, "White
Nights"). His best-selling albums, "Lionel Richie," "Can't Slow Down" and
"Dancing on the Ceiling" were filled with chart-topping hits written by
Richie, including "You Are," "Truly," "All Night Long (All Night),"
"Hello," "Penny Lover," "Running with the Night," "Dancing on the Ceiling"
and "Ballerina Girl." Richie also co-wrote, with Michael Jackson, the USA
for Africa anthem, "We Are the World." Richie is a three-time ASCAP Pop
Songwriter of the Year honoree. He earned the coveted prize at the very
first Pop Music Awards in 1984, and again in 1985 and 1986.
The songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2007
will also be honored at the awards ceremony. Top awards will be given to
'Songwriter of the Year,' 'Song of the Year' and 'Publisher of the Year,'
in addition to the presentation of the 'ASCAP Vanguard Award,' which
recognizes the impact of musical genres which help shape the future of
The 25th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards is part of ASCAP's "I Create Music
Week" -- an entire week of events being held in Los Angeles to celebrate
the voice of the music creator. More details to be announced.
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Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights
Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5
million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than
315,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has
representation arrangements with over 90 music rights organizations such
that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the
world. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by
licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and
distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only
American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer
and publisher members. www.ascap.com