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(L to R)- SESAC Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher relations, Trevor Gale; SESAC Vice President Writer/Publisher Relations, Linda Lorence Critelli; SESAC Chairman of the Board/CEO, Stephen Swid; Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett; Founder and President of Glassnote Records, Daniel Glass; SESAC Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Jamie Dominguez.

*Love permeated the air at the SESAC17th annual pop awards at New York’s prestigious New York Public Library where SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization, held its 17th annual pop awards on Monday, May 13, 2013 and Rico Love captured top honors taking home both Songwriter of the Year for the third consecutive year and Song of the Year for his hit, “Heart Attack,” recorded by Trey Songz.  Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams presented Love with the Songwriter of the Year highest honor.  SESAC Publisher of the Year honors went to Sony ATV Sounds.

In addition to top honors for “Heart Attack,” the Love machine won five additional awards for penning “4 AM” recorded by Melanie Fiona, “Mr. Wrong” recorded by Mary J. Blige featuring Drake, “Touch’N You” recorded by Rick Ross featuring Usher, “Motivation” recorded by Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne and “Without You” recorded by David Guetta featuring Usher.

The 2013 awards celebration drew more than 400 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals and featured special performances by two of SESAC’s sensational signings who are creating heavy industry buzz – pop newcomer Andy Allo and celebrated singer/musician PJ Morton.  Billboard was the media sponsor.  The major music awards show handed out awards to over 40 songwriters and publishers in the categories of Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, and Rock.

During the stellar awards ceremony Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons presented the coveted “Visionary Award” to Daniel Glass, CEO and founder of Glassnote Records.  Glass was recognized for his tireless dedication to songwriters and immeasurable contributions to the music industry and for greatly affecting the lives and careers of songwriters.

As a veteran of the music industry, Glass is known for recognizing and cultivating talent before anyone else.  The music maestro launched Glassnote Entertainment Group in 2007 which comprises a thriving music label, publishing company and merchandising arm.  Under his strong leadership, inspiration, and vision Glassnote Records has gone on to identify and develop internationally successful artists.

International music sensation Psy was awarded SESAC’s first ever “Video Performance Award” in recognition of his blockbuster “Gangnam Style” video, which saw over 1.5 billion YouTube views, an all-time high.  Psy accepted his award via video and thanked his fans for the video’s unprecedented success.

Established in 1930, SESAC is a service organization created to assist both the creators of music and music users through timely, efficient royalty collection and music licensing.  SESAC maintains a diversified repertory that includes virtually all genres of music.  Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London (www.sesac.com).  (Photo credit: Shawn Ehlers)

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(L to R)- Hip-Hop artist and producer, Swizz Beatz; SESAC Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Jamie Dominguez; R&B singer and member of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams; SESAC Director Writer/Publisher Relations, Peniece LeGall; Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year recipient, award winning producer and songwriter, Rico Love; SESAC Vice President Writer/Publisher Relations, Linda Lorence Critelli; and SESAC Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher relations, Trevor Gale.

A complete list of honorees follows:

Songwriter of the Year:
Rico Love

Song of the Year:
“Heart Attack”
Written by Rico Love
Published by: Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

Publisher of the Year:
Sony ATV Sounds

“Visionary Award”
Daniel Glass

PSY
“Video Performance Award”

“4 AM”
Recorded by: Melanie Fiona
Songwriter: Rico Love, Earl Hood, Eric Goudy II
Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper, E Hood 66 Music, Grandmas Boy

“Finally Found You”
Recorded by: Enrique Iglesias feat. Sammy Adams
Songwriter: Jacob Luttrell
Publisher(s): LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East

“Gangnam Style”
Recorded by: Psy
Songwriter: Psy
Publisher(s): Universal Tunes, Sony ATV Sounds

“Heart Attack”
Recorded by: Trey Songz
Songwriter: Rico Love
Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

“I Can Only Imagine”
Recorded by: David Guetta feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne
Songwriter: Jacob Luttrell
Publisher(s): LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East

“I Will Wait”
Recorded by: Mumford & Sons
Songwriter(s): Ben Lovett, Ted Dwane, Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall
Publisher: Universal-PolyGram Intl Tunes Inc

“Cough Syrup”
Recorded by: Young The Giant
Songwriter(s): Ehson Hashemian, Eric Cannata, François Comtois, Jacob Tilley, Sameer Gadhia
Publisher(s): Ehson Hashemian, EricC Publishing, The Jakes, Jacob Tilley, Mi Fiammetta Inc., Robot of the Century Tunes

“Let’s Talk”
Recorded by: Omarion feat. Rick Ross
Songwriter(s): Omarion
Publisher: Mr Granberry OS Music, Sony ATV Sounds

“Mr. Wrong”
Recorded by: Mary J. Blige feat. Drake
Songwriter(s): Rico Love
Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

“Next Breath”
Recorded by: Tank
Songwriter: Sammie
Publisher(s): Sammies Music Library

“Sabotage”
Recorded by: Wale feat. Lloyd
Songwriter: A. Nolan Kramer, Daniel Friedman, Samuel Dew
Publisher(s): Fat Bread Publishing, Nickel Muse, By the Chi Publishing

“Sweet Love” Recorded by: Chris Brown
Songwriter(s): Greg Curtis, Jason Perry
Publisher(s): Cardraygee Music Publishing, Jasons Lyrics, Reach Global Tunes, Universal Tunes

“Till I Die”
Recorded by: Chris Brown feat. Wiz Khalifa & Big Sean
Songwriter: Nate “Danja” Hills
Publisher: Danjahandz Muzik

“Touch’N You”
Recorded by: Rick Ross feat. Usher
Songwriter(s): Rico Love
Publisher(s): Rico Love Is Still A Rapper, Sony ATV Sounds

“Turn Up The Music”
Recorded by: Chris Brown
Songwriter(s): Alexander Palmer, Harvey Mason, Jr.
Publisher(s): Fuego Songs Publishing, BMG Silver Songs US, Multisongs

“Wild Ones”
Recorded by: Flo Rida feat. Sia
Songwriter: Jacob Luttrell
Publisher(s): LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East

“Bottoms Up”
Recorded by: Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj
Songwriter: Milton “Track Dealer” James
Publisher(s): iHip Hop Music, Track Stash Publishing

“Just A Kiss”
Recorded by: Lady Antebellum Songwriter: Hillary Scott
Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Hillary Dawn Songs

“I’m On One”
Recorded by: DJ Khaled feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
Songwriter: Nikhil Seetharam
Publisher(s): Kromatik Music, Sony ATV Sounds

“Make Me Proud”
Recorded by: Drake feat. Nicki Minaj
Songwriter: Nikhil Seetharam
Publisher: Sony ATV Sounds, Kromatik Music

“Motivation” Recorded by: Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne
Songwriter: Rico Love
Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

“Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)”
Recorded by: Enrique Iglesias feat. Ludacris
Songwriter: Jacob Luttrell
Publisher(s): LSLX Music, Artist Publishing Group East

“Lotus Flower Bomb”
Recorded by: Wale feat. Miguel
Songwriter: Samuel Dew
Publisher: By the Chi Publishing

“Without You”
Recorded by: David Guetta feat. Usher
Songwriter: Rico Love
Publisher(s): Sony ATV Sounds, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

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