Donovan, Natasha Bedingfield and More Honored at 2009 BMI London Awards
BMI lauded the UK and Europe’s premier songwriters, composers and music publishers tonight during its annual BMI London Awards. The ceremony was hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant; BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Phil Graham; and Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia Brandon Bakshi. Staged in London’s Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, the event honored the past year’s most-performed songs on U.S. radio and television. BMI is a United States-based performing right organization that collects and distributes monies for the public performance of music on outlets including radio, television, the Internet and the top-grossing tours in the U.S. British citizens honored at the event are members of the UK performing right society PRS for Music (PRS) and are represented in the U.S. by BMI.
BMI “Million-Air” certificates were also presented throughout the evening in recognition of songs that have achieved more than three million U.S. radio and television performances—the equivalent of more than 17 years of continuous airplay.
Songs honored for generating more than five million performances included “Black Magic Woman,” written by Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green.