Halsey Is Songwriter of the Year at 2021 BMI Pop Awards


Halsey arrives at the 65th annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Song of the Year was awarded to “The Bones,” co-written by BMI songwriters Laura Veltz and Maren Morris.

Halsey was named songwriter of the year at the 2021 BMI Pop Awards. The singer/songwriter wrote four of the year’s most performed songs: “Nightmare,” “Graveyard,” “Be Kind” and “You Should Be Sad.” “Be Kind” is a collaboration with fellow BMI songwriter and hitmaker Marshmello. Halsey took song of the year at the 2020 BMI Pop Awards for "Without Me."

Song of the Year was awarded to “The Bones,” co-written by BMI songwriters Maren Morris and Laura Veltz. This is the first BMI Pop Award for the pair, who have a combined total of 14 BMI Country Awards between them.

Sony Music Publishing took publisher of the year for the ninth time. Sony represented 24 of the top 50 award-winning BMI Pop songs including “3 Nights,” “Boyfriend,” “My Oh My,” “Roses” and “The Man.”

BMI also honored the songwriters, publishers and administrators of the 50 most-performed pop songs of the previous year. This year’s class of recipients included a record 59 first-time Pop Award winners such as BENEE, Edgar Barrera, Doja Cat, Trevor Daniel, Metro Boomin, Noah Cyrus, Roddy Ricch, SAINt JHN, JP Saxe and more.

“It is an honor and a privilege to represent some of the best pop music creators in the world,” said Barbara Cane, vice president, worldwide creative. “Their songs are groundbreaking, dynamic and inspiring, and we celebrate their dedication to craft, discipline and success.”

The winners of the 69th annual BMI Pop Awards were announced Monday (May 10) in an online celebration and on BMI’s social channels.

Fans can view the complete list of winners, listen to their music, and watch exclusive content including first-hand accounts of the songwriting process behind some of the award-winning songs by visiting