Killers receive songwriting award
Published 22/04/2010 | 15:07
The Killers, the Black Eyed Peas and Beyonce have all been awarded songwriting honours.
The Mr Brightside group were presented with the Vanguard Award, which recognises genres that help shape the future of American music, at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 27th annual Pop Music Awards.
Songs honoured during the private dinner ceremony in Hollywood included the Black Eyed Peas' Boom Boom Pow, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' Empire State Of Mind and Beyonce's Single Ladies.
Lukasz 'Dr Luke' Gottwald was named songwriter of the year and Jason Mraz received song of the year honours.
Dr Luke wrote five of the top hits of 2009, including Katy Perry's Hot N Cold, Miley Cyrus' Party In The USA and Flo Rida's Right Round.
Jason's song, I'm Yours, holds the record for the most weeks spent on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in the US - 76 and counting.
The honours for publisher of the year went to EMI Music Publishing, which had 15 award-winning songs in 2009.
Patti Smith received the organisation's Founders Award. ASCAP president and chairman Paul Williams called the singer "a songwriter, poet, trailblazer and rock icon whose creative genius and rock 'n' roll spirit will continue to inspire generations to come".