Steve Winwood Honored
A highlight of the evening was the BMI Icon presentation to legendary songwriter and recording artist Steve Winwood, who was honored for his "enduring influence on generations of music makers." With a career that spans more than 40 years as both a solo artist and as a member of the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith, Winwoodís many songwriting credits include "Gimme Some Loviní," "Canít Find My Way Home," "While You See a Chance," "Higher Love" and "Back In the High Life," among many others.
"Itís My Life," written by Mark Hollis (PRS) and published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd., was named Song of the Year and received the organizationís highest accolade. Hollis was a member of 80s synthpop band Talk Talk who first recorded the song, and the No Doubt remake earned it the award.
"Run," written by Snow Patrol members Iain Archer, Nathan Connolly, Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland and Jonny Quinn, was named BMIís College Song of the Year for tallying the most performances on American college radio.
The BMI Dance Award went to "Listen to Your Heart," written by Per Gessle and Mats Persson. Recorded by Belgium-based duo D.H.T., the song is a remake of the 1989 #1 hit by Roxette whose members Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson were present to receive the award. It was the first public appearance by Fredriksson since her recent recovery from brain cancer.
Million-Air certificates were also presented throughout the evening in recognition of those songs that have had two million or more US performances. Topping the list were Stingís "Every Breath You Take," which reached the eight million performance plateau and the Van Morrison classic "Brown Eyed Girl," which won a seven million performance award. Other Million-Air recipients included the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, the Bee Gees, Sir Elton John (PRS) and Shania Twain.
Now marking its 65th year in business, BMI is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music. With a repertoire of more than 6.5 million musical works from around the world, the non-profit-making corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.