*Recently I was in the house amid the grand stone lion status of the New York Public Library in Manhattan to attend the 19th Annual Sesac Pop Awards.
Among the honorees for the evening Warner/Chappell Music president John Platt, who was presented with the Visionary Award by none other than Chuck D of Public Enemy, legendary DJ and producer Keith Shocklee, as well as Angela Hunte, Grammy Award-winning songwriter of the seminal New York anthem Empire State of Mind as performed by Alicia Keys and Jay Z.
Also in the building were Grammy Award-winning songwriters James Napier and William Phillips, winners of the Sesac Award for Song of the Year for Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” while Universal Tunes was named Publisher of the Year, producer Mike Free was in the house as well, nominated for a Sesac Award, along with DJ Marley Waters and many others. Emerging singer and songwriter Miesa was in the building as well.
Check out some of our video interviews from the red carpet below.
Chuck D and Keith Shocklee
Songwriter William Phillips aka Tourist
Producer Mike Free
Check out the abbreviated list of winners below.
Songwriter of the Year: James Napier (PRS)
Song of the Year: “Stay With Me”
Written by James Napier (PRS) & William Phillips (PRS)
Published by: Salli Isaak Music Publishing (PRS)
Method Paperwork LTD (PRS)
Publisher of the Year: Universal Tunes
Visionary Award: Jon Platt
SESAC Sync Music Award:
“Best Day of My Life”
Recorded by: American Authors
Written by Zac Barnett & James Shelley
Published by Zac Barnett Publishing, James Shelley Publishing, Round Hill Copyrights