From left: ASCAP CEO, John LoFrumento, ASCAP Henry Mancini Award winnerTrevor Rabin and President and Chairman, ASCAP, Paul Williams pose during the Film & Television Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)
Film director Jon Turteltaub got a different memo than the rest of the film and TV community assembled Thursday (June 28) night to honor Trevor Rabin. Others saw a night to be polite, he saw an opportunity to roast the honoree.
Speaking at the Beverly Hilton, Turteltaub opened with a joke about his first cues for "National Treasure" sounding like "Euro porn." "He went to his studio and did what any good composer does -- he had his assistant write new ones," Turteltaub joked.
Turteltaub went after Rabin's manliness, Jewish heritage and his need to be loved before closing on a positive note. After posing a rhetorical question about qualifications to receive the Henry Mancini Career Achievement Award, Turteltaub closed with "if it's about dedication and loyalty you are a most deserving winner."
Grouplove, which includes Trevor Rabin's son Ryan on drums performed their hit single 'Tongue Tied.'
Rabin took the ribbing with a smile before turning the stage over to his drummer son's band, Grouplove, which played their hit "Tongue Tied" and then backed Rabin on his biggest hit from his days with Yes, "Owner of a Lonely Heart." Yes' Jon Anderson and film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer sent in their congratulatory remarks via video.
Songwriter Siedah Garrett, winner of the Top Box Office Films award for "Rio" performing. (Photo by Bucci/PictureGroup)
The rest of the evening, presided over by ASCAP president and chairman Paul Williams, was filled with awards presentations to composers of music for the top-grossing films, the most performed television music and the top video game music of 2011. Josh Kelley performed "I See Love," a song he co-wrote with Keb Mo in 2005, which is the theme for the sitcom "Mike & Molly. Siedah Garrett sang her "Real From Rio" from the animated film "Rio."