During its annual London Awards ceremony, Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) honored the most performed songs on U.S. radio and TV in the past year by European songwriters, composers and publishers.

The songwriters and composers who won awards at the event, held at the Dorchester Hotel tonight (Oct. 5), are members of European and Asian performing right societies and are represented in the U.S. by BMI. Guests at the ceremony included Sir George Martin, Sir Tim Rice and Heather Small.

"Only You Can Love Me This Way," which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs for Keith Urban in October last year, won the BMI Robert S. Musel Award for song of the year. It was co-written by Steve McEwan and John Reid and published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd.

"Once again, Keith Urban, an Australian, is the hottest thing in America," said Del Bryant, BMI president and CEO. "He may not be the hottest thing in England - yet," he added. Urban was born in New Zealand but moved to Australia in early childhood.

Bryant also praised the smartly dressed audience who had largely adhered to the black tie dress code, comparing the U.K. crowd favorably with the U.S. where "no one wears a tux any more." He also thanked the audience members who helped BMI increase revenues 1.3% to $917 million in its 2010 fiscal year ended June 30.

Jay Sean's Billboard Hot 100 chart topper "Down" (feat. Lil Wayne) was named BMI college song of the year at the London ceremony. It was co-written by Londoner Sean, Jared Cotter, and Lil Wayne, and published by Bucks Music Group Ltd. Cotter collected the award as Sean was not present.

The BMI dance award went to Cascada's "Evacuate the Dance Floor," written by Dutch songwriter Allan Eshuijs and published by Talpa Music/Songkitchen Music Publishing. It peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 2009.

Lyricist Don Black was honored as a BMI Icon following previous recipients Donovan, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Ferry, Ray Davies and Van Morrison. Black's career spans 50 years and an estimated 1,000 songs, including co-writes on "Ben" (Michael Jackson's first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1) and Lulu's hit "To Sir, With Love."

In a Billboard.biz Q&A earlier, Black described the icon award as "wonderful... what you work for all your life, really."

Black was introduced with a rendition of "Ben" led by David Arnold on lead vocals as well as a lengthy speech by Bryant.

"After Del's introduction I don't think any of you have to Google me," said Black.

The lyricist, who was also a former publisher and stand-up comedian ("one in the same thing"), gave a well received speech. And he gave a special mention to British comedian Sir Norman Wisdom, who died aged 95 Oct. 4. Black said the first song he represented as a song plugger was Wisdom's "Don't Laugh At Me" in the mid-'50s.

Black also credited composers John Barry and Andrew Lloyd-Webber for their role in his successful career. And he took a swipe at Internet Service Providers for not respecting copyright.

"I can understand why Internet Service Providers can't put a value on a song," he said. "That is because a great song is priceless."

It was a busy awards occasion, with more than 50 gongs handed out including BMI "Million-Air" Awards recognizing songs that have generated more than 3 million U.S. radio and television performances.

The Police hit "Every Breath You Take" was recognized for 10 million plays in the U.S. It is published by EMI Music Publishing/G.M. Sumner. "Yesterday" by John Lennon (PRS) was honored for 9 million U.S. plays while "Your Song" by Elton John and Bernie Taupin has racked up 8 million. It is published by Universal Music Publishing Group.

For the full list of winners click here

The ceremony was hosted by Bryant; Phil Graham, BMI senior VP, writer/publisher relations; and Brandon Bakshi, executive director, writer/publisher relations, Europe & Asia.

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