Star picks up song of the year, Musel honors.

Shania Twain was the big winner at the 2004 BMI London Awards, presented last night (Oct. 5) at the Dorchester Hotel. The awards honor the most-performed songs on U.S. radio and television by members of BMI's foreign sister societies.

"Forever and for Always," written and recorded by the country star, was named song of the year and won BMI's highest accolade, the Robert S. Musel Award. Twain has now won three song of the year titles from the rights group.

"All the Things She Said" was named college song of the year. The international hit, recorded by T.A.T.U., was written by Trevor Horn, Elena Kiper, Ivan Shapovalov and Martin Kierszenbaum.

Among other honors, Million-Air certificates, which recognize songs that have had 2 million or more U.S. radio or television performances, were presented for material by Twain, John Lennon, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

In a highlight of the event, Van Morrison picked up the BMI Icon honor for his "enduring influence on generations of music makers." Morrison was on hand to receive the award. When prompted by the audience for a speech, he offered: "It was worth it."

BMI president emerita Frances Preston introduced Morrison as an artist "with a career unique in the modern era" who has "written two of the best known songs in rock 'n' roll": 'Brown Eyed Girl' and 'Gloria'." She praised his poetic writing and his "introspective vision," and declared his album "Astral Weeks" a work of genius.