At ASCAP's (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) 34th annual awards in London last night, pop singer/songwriters Alex Clare and Jim Duguid were named Songwriters of the Year for their hit song “Too Close,” recorded by Clare. Meanwhile, Ellie Goulding's "Lights," was honored as Song Of the Year, which was picked up by writer/producer Richard “Biff” Stannard; and Universal Music Publishing Group was named Publisher of the Year.
“Great songs connect internationally and amazing songs connect forever," Universal Music Publishing president of Europe & U.K. Paul Connolly said in a statement. "This award is testament to the talent of their creators. That talent is truly the bedrock upon which the music industry is built.”
The awards dinner honored those songwriter, composer and publisher members of PRS for Music -- the UK's Performing Right Society -- whose repertory is licensed by ASCAP and was among its most performed works in the U.S. during 2013.
In other awards, Dan Smith from the band Bastille was honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award, which recognizes emerging artists. To honor the 100th anniversary of the founding of PRS for Music, ASCAP’s president and chairman Paul Williams and CEO John LoFrumento presented PRS for Music’s chairman Guy Fletcher and chief executive Robert Ashcroft with a framed copy of a commemorative statement placed in the U.S. Congressional Record. A total of 20 Song Awards were presented throughout the evening. For a complete list of winners, go to ASCAP.com.