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ASCAP Pop Music Awards | Los Angeles, CA | 04/21/10
Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 2010: ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) hosted its 27th annual Pop Music Awards tonight at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The star-studded event, which was attended by over 700 leading songwriters, recording artists and music industry leaders, paid special tribute to Patti Smith and The Killers, and honored the songwriters and publishers behind some of today’s most popular music.
Top awards were presented to:
•Songwriter of the Year: Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald
•Song of the Year: "I’m Yours" by Jason Mraz
•Publisher of the Year: EMI Music Publishing
Special awards were presented to rock icon Patti Smith who was honored with the ASCAP Founders Award and The Killers who received ASCAP’s Vanguard Award. Awards were also presented to the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed pop songs of 2009.
The awards celebration featured several performances throughout the evening, including those by special honoree Patti Smith who performed with her band – Lenny Kaye, Jay Dee Daugherty and Tony Shanahan, and Song of the Year winner Jason Mraz who sang "I’m Yours." The All-American Rejects performed their hit "Gives You Hell," Flo Rida sang his Pop Award-winning hit "Right Round" and Jessi Alexander took to the stage to sing her award winner "The Climb" (a hit for Miley Cyrus).
ASCAP CEO John A. LoFrumento and ASCAP Senior Vice President, Domestic Membership Randy Grimmett presented Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald with his first-ever Songwriter of the Year award. The songwriter, performer, producer, remixer and hitmaker was responsible for penning five of the most performed songs of the past year: Britney Spears’ "Circus," Katy Perry’s "Hot N Cold," Kelly Clarkson’s "My Life Would Suck Without You," Miley Cyrus’ "Party In the USA," and Flo Rida’s "Right Round."
Two-time Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz collected the Song of the Year award for "I’m Yours." At 76 weeks, the song holds the record for the most weeks spent on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts.
ASCAP Publisher of the Year honors went to EMI Music Publishing who had 15 award-winning songs. ASCAP CEO John A. LoFrumento presented the award to EMI Music Publishing’s Chairman and CEO Roger Faxon, President of West Coast Creative Big Jon Platt, President of North American Creative Dan McCarroll, Executive Vice President of North American Creative and EMI’s executive team. This is the eighth consecutive win for EMI and the sixteenth time in the 27-year history of the awards show that they have received this honor.
ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams presented Patti Smith with ASCAP’s Founders Award, which recognized Smith as "a songwriter, poet, trailblazer, and rock icon whose creative genius and rock ‘n’ roll spirit will continue to inspire generations to come."
The ASCAP Founders Award is among the most prestigious honors that ASCAP gives to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius that will enrich generations to come. Past recipients include Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Heart’s Ann & Nancy Wilson, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Smokey Robinson, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.
Las Vegas quartet The Killers was presented with ASCAP’s Vanguard Award, which recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music. All four members of the band – vocalist/keyboardist Brandon Flowers, guitarist Dave Keuning, bassist Mark Stoermer and drummer Ronnie Vannucci – were on hand to accept their award. Past ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include Santigold, The All-American Rejects, Arcade Fire, The Mars Volta, Jack Johnson, The Strokes, Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Beck, and Björk.
Many of the evening’s winning songwriters were on hand to collect their awards, including C. "Tricky" Stewart who collected three awards for "Blame It," "Obsessed" and "Single Ladies," Katy Perry who picked up two awards for "Hot N Cold" and "Waking Up In Vegas," Marcella Araica who received two awards for "Knock You Down" and "Sober," and Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels ("Best I Ever Had"), Andrea Martin (" Better In Time"), Jeremih and Keith James ("Birthday Sex"), Christopher "Deep" Henderson,Brandon "Note" Melancon and Nate Walka ("Blame It"), Matt Nathanson and Mark Weinberg ("Come On Get Higher"), Dot Da Genius ("Day ‘N’ Nite"), Rob Knox ("Dead and Gone"), Jared Cotter, Robert "Bobbybass" Larow and Jeremy Skaller ("Down"), Al Shux and Janet "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic ("Empire State of Mind"), Jae Millz, Carl "Gudda Gudda" Lilly, Mack Maine and Christopher "Dow Jones" Whitacre ("Every Girl In the World"), The All-American Rejects’ Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler ("Gives You Hell"), Malik Yusef ("Heartless"), Edward Bello "El Cata," Stefano Bosco, Nicola Fasano, Patrick Gonella, Danny Seraphine and David "Hawk" Wolinski ("I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"), Darius "Deezle" Harrison and Curtis "Kidd Kidd" Stewart ("Mrs. Officer"), Bruno Mars, Flo Rida, Justin Franks, Kool Kojak, and Philip Lawrence ("Right Round"), Dave Bassett ("Second Chance"), O.A.R.‘s Marc Roberge ("Shattered"), and Kuk Harrell ("Single Ladies").
Other notables in attendance included apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas, American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, American Idol’s David Archuleta and Allison Iraheta, Randy Bachman, Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, Clem Burke of Blondie,Colby O’Donis, John Forté, Toby Gad, O.A.R., Tiësto, Leon Ware, and Butch Walker.
The Key Club | West Hollywood, CA | 04/20/10
RATT performed at The Key Club, West Hollywood, CA to support the release of their new album, Infestation, which hit stores 4/20. It was hot, loud sweaty and it was rockin’ as a packed house at the intimate Key Club in West Hollywood, California. as RATT went back to their roots to bring a mix of both old and new. Both the band and the audience were not shy in showing their mutual appreciation.
RATT has sold an estimated 11 million records in the U.S. while worldwide album sales clock in at 20 million plus. VH1 slotted the band at #79 on its "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.”
Formed in San Diego, CA, RATT is an American glam metal band that celebrated commercial success in the 80s. The band is most recognized for "Round and Round," "Wanted Man," and "Lay It Down." The 90’s came along and music changed significantly but the band has been recognized as influential in the formation of the Los Angeles hard rock and glam metal scene. Ironic, RATT is back as the music industry does go ‘round and round.’
Stephen Pearcy – lead vocals; occasionally rhythm & lead guitars (1976–1992, 1996–2000, 2006–present)
Warren DeMartini – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals (1982–1992, 1996–present)
Carlos Cavazo – rhythm & lead guitars, backing vocals (2008–present)
Robbie Crane – bass, backing vocals (1996–present)
Bobby Blotzer – drums, percussion (1982–1992, 1996–present)
RATT E.P. (1983)
Out of the Cellar (1984)
Invasion of Your Privacy (1985)
Dancing Undercover (1986)
Reach for the Sky (1988)
4th & B | San Diego, CA | 04/19/10
Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck appeared at 4th & B, San Diego, California and gave a performance that can be described in one word, SPECIAL. The five time Grammy award winner is on top of his game at age 65 and doesn’t appear to be slowing down with the recent announcement of a busy summer tour schedule that covers much of the US and abroad. Supported on the 2010 tour by a new band featuring Narada Michael Walden on drums, Rhonda Smith on bass and Jason Rebello on keyboards, Beck and his crew demonstrated that the only problem with his 2009 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was the fact that it took so long. Effortlessly weaving between the classic Freeway Jam to stamping his signature to the old standard "Over the Rainbow". Sly Stone may have melted down at this year’s Coachella, but Beck even gave his rendition of the Sly and the Family Stone classic "I Want To Take You Higher" ... Beck & company delivered.
With 28 releases under his belt, Beck is touring in support of his latest “Emotion & Commotion.” Inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice, Beck was honored as a solo artist in April 2009 and also in 1992 for his short lived contribution with the Yardbirds.
Sandwiched in his tour, Beck will be appearing on AMERICAN IDOL, IDOL GIVES BACK along with Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, The Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox that airs Wednesday, April 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
Catch Beck LIVE somewhere this summer!
1971 Rough & Ready
1972 Jeff Beck Group
1972 Shapes of Things
1975 Blow by Blow
1976 Wired Epic
1977 Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group Live
1980 There and Back
1989 Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop
1992 Frankie’s House
1993 Crazy Legs
1999 Who Else!
2001 You Had It Coming
2003 Jeff Epic
2006 Live at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill
2007 Official Bootleg USA ‘06 [live]
2008 Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s
2010 Emotion & Commotion
1974 Live in Japan
1977 Jeff Beck With the Jan Hammer Group Live 23
2006 Live At BB King Blues Club
2007 Official Bootleg USA ‘06
2008 Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scotts
1991 Beckology - Included songs from Beck’s early bands such as Tridents and Yardbirds
1995 Best of Beck -Abbreviated compilation
Coachella | Indio, CA | 04/17/10
On Saturday night, Muse pulled out all the stops for a brutally energetic set filled with high-falsetto, raging guitars and precision musicality. Complete with larger-than-life robot-imagery and a laser light display, the band managed to somehow bring the tired crowd out of their festival stupor and kick it into high-gear. Opening strong with their hit "Uprising," they never once backed down from their signature dramatic-rock persona.
The award-winning English band was formed in 1994, developing their genre-defying sound incorporating influences from prog-rock, metal, electronica, and more. They are kicking off their European tour this summer to promote their latest album The Resistance and are also celebrating the US release of all five of their studio albums on vinyl.
Click here to see the Muse 2010 tour dates.
Coachella | Indio, CA | 04/16/10
Massive crowds swarmed the main stage at Coachella to hear Jay-Z at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. Without question, Jay-Z is on top of the charts AND on top of the world. Smiling from ear to ear, he knocked out the audience with hits “Run This Town, “99 Problems” and “Hard Knock Life.” Jovial Jay-Z shouted-out to other Coachella bands (specifically to Yeasayer) and encouraged fans to compensate every act performing.
But it was Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce who polished off the already off-the-map performance when she left her perch from side stage and joined her husband in a duet of "Forever Young." Clearly, both pros respect each other’s talents as they smiled widely at each other throughout the song. Afterward, Jay-Z bowed and tipped his imaginary hat to her with obvious love and respect." I know we gotta get out of here, but I don’t want to leave yet," Jay-Z lamented. But all good things must come to an end and the monster hip-hop rapper closed his set with “Encore.”