The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Duran Duran with its Golden Note Award at the 2016 ASCAP Awards in London next month.
Calling the band “multi-platinum pop visionaries,” ASCAP lauded Duran Duran for having written “four decades of hits.” Singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor will get the award on Nov. 10 at ASCAP’s annual celebration of songwriters and composers at One Embankment in the British capital.
The ASCAP Golden Note Award is for songwriters, composers and artists who have “achieved extraordinary career milestones.” Past recipients include Alicia Keys, Lionel Richie, Elton John, George Michael, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones.
“Duran Duran revolutionized popular music,” said ASCAP president Paul Williams. “They are the pioneers of the synthpop and new wave movement and have reached a stratospheric level of success, which is rarely seen in the industry.”
Formed in Birmingham, England in 1978, Duran Duran has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. The band has been honored with multiple Grammy, BRIT and other awards.
From breakthrough hits “Girls On Film” and “Planet Earth” to James Bond theme “A View To A Kill,” “Come Undone” and “Pressure Off,” Duran Duran has “continuously produced hits,” ASCAP noted.
The ASCAP Awards London ceremony will also hand out two Vanguard Awards, as well as the annual honors in the global impact, song of the year, top digital song, top EDM song and film score of the year categories.