Singer and songwriter Mark Hollis was the big winner at the 2005 BMI London Awards, presented tonight (Nov. 29) at the Dorchester Hotel in the U.K. capital. Also on the night, Steve Winwood was honore
Singer and songwriter Mark Hollis was the big winner at the 2005 BMI London Awards, presented tonight (Nov. 29) at the Dorchester Hotel in the U.K. capital.
The 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.
"It's My Life," written by Hollis and published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS), received the organization's highest accolade, the Robert S. Musel Award for the most-performed song of the year.
The track was originally released in 1984 by British synth-pop act Talk Talk, fronted by Hollis. Gwen Stefani's No Doubt had a worldwide smash in 2004 with a cover of the song on the Interscope label.
Also on the night, Steve Winwood was honored as a BMI Icon for his "enduring influence on generations of music makers." The artist's Grammy Award-winning career with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and as a solo artist has spanned more than 40 years.
Winwood penned such classics as the Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'" and Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home." In the 1980s, he enjoyed a raft of solo hits with "Higher Love," "Back in the High Life Again" and "Valerie." His chorus to the latter song anchored Swedish producer and DJ Eric Prydz's 2004 international smash dance hit "Call On Me." Winwood is published by Warner Chappell.
Past BMI Icon winners include Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana, Charlie Daniels, James Brown, The GAP Band and Dolly Parton.
Scottish/Irish act Snow Patrol's "Run," written by members of band and singer/songwriter Iain Archer, was named college song of the year after logging the most performances on American college radio. The track, taken from the band's 2004 Mercury Music Prize-nominated album "Final Straw" (A&M) was published by Big Life Music Ltd. and Kobalt Music Publishing Limited (all PRS).
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. Sting's "Every Breath You Take" (GM Sumner/EMI Music Publishing Ltd) was honored for reaching the eight million performance milestone and Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" (Universal Music Publishing Ltd) was given a seven million performance award.