Diane Warren, the five-time Grammy Award winning songwriter, will be honored with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Founders Award at this year’s 34th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. The ceremony will take place on May 18 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles and celebrate songwriters and publishers of the PRO’s most performed pop songs of 2016.
“Diane Warren is one of the most continuously prolific and successful contemporary songwriters of our time,” said ASCAP President Paul Williams in a statement. “Her music evokes universal emotions that connect us in a way few songwriters can. Diane’s ability to channel our common experience through her songs has captured audiences all over the world.”
Over the course of her storied career Warren has written massive hits beginning with 1983’s “Solitaire” (Laura Branigan) and continuing with classics like “Unbreak My Heart” (Toni Braxton), “How Do I Live” (Trisha Yearwood), “Because You Loved Me”(Celine Dion)and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (Aerosmith).
Artists Warren has worked with read like a pantheon of popular music and include such icons as Beyonce, Adele, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Willie Nelson, Mary J. Blige, Faith Hill and Eric Clapton among others.
“I am honored to be receiving the Founders Award and to be among the names of songwriters whom I admire and respect so much,” Warren stated. “I am grateful for the success I have had with my songs but to be honest, I feel like my career is just beginning.”
Indeed Warren recently composed the original song “Prayers for this World” performed by Cher for the documentary Cries From Syria and wrote a theme song for ABC’s The View called “World’s Gone Crazy” performed by Mary J. Blige. Her work was featured in Til It Happens To You, a 2015 documentary on campus sexual assault that featured “The Hunting Ground” performed by Lady Gaga. The composition became the first song to be nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy and an Emmy (it won the 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics).
Warren, who owns her publishing company Realsongs, has had songs featured in more than a hundred films resulting in eight Academy Award nominations. She also has six ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Awards, three consecutive Billboard Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year and was named to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001.
She continues working with an array of contemporary popular acts, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, Jessie J, Andra Day, Jason Derulo and Demi Lovato, among others.
Past ASCAP Founders Awards winners include Ashford & Simpson, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, Smokey Robinson, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Carly Simon, Patti Smith, Steely Dan, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Tom Waits, Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.