Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson was honored with the BMI Icon Award during the performing-rights organization's 52nd annual Pop Awards.

Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson was honored with the BMI Icon Award during the performing-rights organization's 52nd annual Pop Awards.

The black-tie gala was held last night (May 11) at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.

As principal songwriter of the original surf-rock group, Wilson co-wrote Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s including "Good Vibrations," "I Get Around" and "Help Me, Rhonda."

Wilson is the first Icon recipient to also be presented with the BMI President's Award, which he received in 1995.

Lauren Christy and Scott Spock -- two-thirds of the Matrix songwriting/production team -- were crowned as BMI's pop songwriters of the year. Three of their songs appeared on the "most-performed" list this year.

Gregg Alexander and Keepin' It Real How 'Bout You Music Publishing won the song of the year award for "The Game of Love." Recorded by Santana with Michelle Branch, the single was a No. 1 hit from Santana's latest, "Shaman" (Arista).

Co-written by Alexander and Rick Nowels, the song was recognized for tallying the most broadcast performances during the Oct. 1, 2002-Sept. 30, 2003 eligibility period.

With 11 songs cited, Warner/Chappell Music Group was awarded pop publisher of the year. The honor is presented to the company with the highest percentage of copyright ownership among the awarded songs.

Other multiple publishing honorees were EMI Music Publishing, Careers-BMG Music Publishing/Zomba Songs, Universal Music Publishing, Dwight Frye Music, Mr. Spock Music/Scott Spock Songs, Rainbow Fish Publishing and Sony/ATV Songs.

Winners are determined by the number of feature broadcast performances on American radio and TV during the eligibility period. BMI president/CEO Frances W. Preston and VP/GM of writer/publisher relations Barbara Cane handed out the evening's awards.