Gala held Oct. 3 in London.
"Listen to Your Heart," the power-ballad written by Per Gessle and Mats Persson, scooped a raft of prestigious honors tonight (Oct. 3) at the 2006 BMI London Awards, presented at the Dorchester Hotel.
The track received the organization's highest accolade, the Robert S. Musel Award, for the most-performed song of the year, took a four million performance award and earned a pop award.
Published by Jimmy Fun Music, the track was recently revived as a recording by Belgium-based duo D.H.T. The tune was originally an international smash hit for Swedish pop duo Roxette in 1989.
The annual Awards recognize the most played songs on U.S. radio and television in the past year written by European songwriter and publisher members of its overseas sister societies.
In one of the highlights of the night, Kinks frontman Ray Davies was recognized as a BMI Icon for his "enduring influence on generations of music makers."
“Sometimes you have to be bold, make mistakes and be adventurous,” he commented on the art of songwriting. “Let’s look to the new generation.”
Through a career spanning more than 40 years, Davies has accumulated a wealth of songwriting credits to his name, including Kinks classics "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," "Waterloo Sunset," "Sunny Afternoon" and "Lola." His works have been covered by the likes of David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, Jackson Browne and Van Halen.
Past BMI Icon winners include Steve Winwood, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana, Charlie Daniels, James Brown, The GAP Band and Dolly Parton.
"Feel Good Inc.," co-written by "cartoon band" Gorillaz members Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett (both PRS), along with De La Soul's David Jolicoeur, was named BMI's College Song of the Year for logging the most performances on American college radio. The track was lifted from the band's Grammy Award-winning "Demon Days" album from 2005.
The BMI Dance Award was bestowed to "Everytime We Touch," which was written by Stuart MacKillop, Maggie Reilly and Peter Risavy, and published by Mambo/Sony/ATV Music Publishing Germany.
Among other honors, Million-Air certificates, which recognize songs that have had two million or more U.S. radio or television performances, were handed out to a host of artists.
"More," the theme to Mondo Cane, received a seven million performance award for songwriters Marcello Ciorciolini, Norman Newell, Nino Oliviero and Riz Ortolani.
Meanwhile, "You're Still the One," which was written and recorded by Shania Twain, achieved the six million performance milestone. Other "Million-Air" recipients included Elton John, Eric Clapton, the Bee Gees, Sting, Seal, Roger Waters, Peter Gabriel and Paul Rodgers.