ASCAP's Paul Williams Recognized with Special Honor at Ivor Novello Awards

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Paul Williams attends the 31st Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center on April 23, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  

Among his songwriting credits are such classics as "The Rainbow Connection," "We’ve Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays."

​ASCAP president Paul Williams was recognized for his songwriting achievements at the Ivor Novello Awards in London on Thursday (May 21). 

Presented by the nonprofit British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, Williams received the PRS for Music special international award recognizing his work on such classic songs as “The Rainbow Connection," “Evergreen," “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays.”

“I’m incredibly honored to receive this award,” said Williams. “Over the course of my career I’ve been fortunate to build relationships and work with so many gifted songwriters and artists in the UK. I’m especially gratified to be recognized by my peers in this country.” 

The Ivor Novello Awards celebrate excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing.

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Other key winners on the day included Black Sabbath, recipient of the lifetime achievement prize; Ed Sheeran, who won songwriter of the year; Boy George, who collected the outstanding contribution award and Clean Bandit, which took out most performed song award for "Rather Be." Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers earned the inspiration award while Midge Ure and Bob Geldof took a special prize in recognition of the Band Aid's project's 30th anniversary.

For the full list of winners, visit TheIvors.com.