Pink Honored By BMI at Annual Pop Awards

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Pink attends the 63rd Annual BMI Pop Awards at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 12, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. 

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"I've always had this insatiable lust for connection. Connection is a necessity; the whole point."

So revealed Pink as she accepted the President's Award last night (May 12) at BMI's Pop Awards. Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., the 63rd annual ceremony also handed out awards for songwriter of the year, song of the year and publisher of the year while saluting the most-performed pop songs of 2014.

With three songs each, five songwriters shared the songwriter of the year title: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Tim Bergling aka Avicii, Benny Blanco and Noel Zancanella. "All of Me," co-written by John Legend, was named song of the year. And Sony/ATV Publishing earned kudos as pop publisher of the year, netting 27 songs on BMI's most-performed 2014 tally. Among the songwriters receiving their first BMI pop awards: Ricky Reed (for "Talk Dirty"), Nico & Vinz ("Am I Wrong") and Phillip Phillips ("Raging Fire").

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 "The songwriter is the ultimate small business and that value must be protected," BMI president/CEO Mike O'Neill said at the start of the evening. "I'm very optimistic that it will be."

Chatting with Billboard on the red carpet prior to the ceremony, a pink-gowned Pink talked about her respect for the President's Award and what it truly means. "It's not about popularity," explained the Grammy-winning singer. "It's about what's always been important to me: the serious side of life. I'm sort of between songwriting and performing. If those are the two things I'm remembered for, then I'm stoked."

Pop/folk duo the Weepies and alt-country singer Brandi Carlile opened the musical tribute to Pink, performing searing renditions of the Grammy-winning singer's "F-ckin' Perfect" and "Who Knew," respectively. With Pink's "Raise Your Glass" playing in the background, BMI's O'Neill and vp/gm, writer/publisher relations Barbara Cane brought the singer onstage for the award presentation. 

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During her acceptance speech, Pink encouraged aspiring songwriters to "write your story… even if you're the only one to read it." Then, to the delight of the audience, the singer herself got down to the business of connecting musically. She teamed first with longtime collaborator, songwriter/producer Billy Mann, for a moving acoustic version of "Dear Mr. President." Then Pink introduced her You+Me mate Dallas Green ("We're gonna play some shit") to help close the evening with three songs: "You and Me," "Unbeliever" and "Open Door."

The complete list of BMI Pop Awards winners can be found at bmi.com.


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