British singer DIDO has been named Songwriter of The Year at the 28th annual
ASCAP Awards in London.
The Wednesday night (15Oct08) American Society of Composers, Authors and
Publishers (ASCAP) prizegiving also honored Solid hitmakers Ashford & Simpson,
while Kate Nash and The Kooks received special awards.
Nash received the ASCAP Vanguard Award for her platinum selling debut album,
Made of Bricks, and The Kooks were honored with the ASCAP College Award for
their multi-platinum selling debut album, Inside In/Inside Out.
Corinne Bailey Rae’s global smash hit Put Your Records On was named Song of
Radiohead star Jonny Greenwood, Howard Goodall and Elizabeth Fraser were
among the composers honoured for their film and TV theme work.
Greenwood composed the score for There Will Be Blood, Goodall created the
music for Mr Bean’s Holiday and Fraser was honoured for her work on TV medical
Other honorees at the Grosvenor House ceremony included Academy
Award-winning songwriter Annie Lennox, who collected her eighth ASCAP Award,
Paulo Nutini, Phil Collins, Def Leppard, The Human League, Paul McCartney, New
Order, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, U2 and Yusuf Islam.