ASCAP Pop Music Awards: Max Martin wins Songwriter of the Year, Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” is Song of the Year

Diane Warren Honored with ASCAP Founders Award; Meghan Trainor Receives ASCAP Vanguard Award; Sony/ATV is Publisher of the Year; BMG is Independent Publisher of the Year

— from the press release

LOS ANGELES, May 19, 2017 — ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, hosted its 34th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on Thursday, May 18, recognizing pop mastermind Max Martin as Songwriter of the Year for an unprecedented tenth time. The award, which honors his role in crafting an astonishing number of the past year’s hits, including “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” (Justin Timberlake), “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” (Adele), and “Just Like Fire” (P!nk), was presented by pop star Adam Lambert and accepted by Martin’s daughter, Doris Sandberg.

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 18: (L-R) Songwriter Doris Sandberg accepts the award for Max Martin for “Songwriter of the Year” with singer Adam Lambert and ASCAP EVP of Membership John Titta onstage at the 2017 ASCAP Pop Awards at The Wiltern on May 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP)

The event took place at the historic art deco Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles in front of a packed audience of songwriters, composers, producers and music industry executives. ASCAP Pop Music Song of the Year went to “Love Yourself,” written by Justin Bieber. In a tribute to Bieber and his team, 2017 ASCAP “EXPO Factor” Showcase-winning a cappella group The Filharmonic performed the song live.

The evening’s highlights belonged to two highly accomplished, multi-platinum award-winning songwriters: Diane Warren was honored with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award, and pop star Meghan Trainor received the ASCAP Vanguard Award.

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 18: Songwriter Diane Warren speaks onstage at the 2017 ASCAP Pop Awards at The Wiltern on May 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP)

Warren, who has written timeless songs such as “Un-Break My Heart” and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” for an extensive list of iconic artists including Beyoncé, Adele and Whitney Houston, was honored with two stunning live tributes: LeAnn Rimes sang “How Do I Live,” and Jacob Latimore performed “Have You Ever.” In a surprise appearance, rapper Snoop Dogg, a past Warren collaborator, presented her with the award. The ASCAP Founders Award is presented to pioneering ASCAP songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators, and adds Warren to the ranks of such past recipients as Ashford & Simpson, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley (KISS), Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, Smokey Robinson, Carly Simon, Patti Smith, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Tom Waits, Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 18: Singer Meghan Trainor poses with the Vanguard Award backstage at the 2017 ASCAP Pop Awards at The Wiltern on May 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for ASCAP)

Meghan Trainor received ASCAP’s highly regarded Vanguard Award, which recognizes the impact of songwriters who are shaping the future of American music. In addition to her 2015 breakout hit, “All About That Bass,” and two multi-platinum albums Title and Thank You, Trainor has penned hits for artists including Rascal Flatts, Lauren Alaina, Jennifer Lopez and Fifth Harmony.

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 18: (L-R) Singer Tata Vega and musician Marcus Miller perform onstage at the 2017 ASCAP Pop Awards at The Wiltern on May 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for ASCAP)

Jazz bassist/composer Marcus Miller honored Trainor with a performance of “All About That Bass;” and a surprise appearance by Jasmine Thompson, performing “Like I’m Going to Lose You” and her new Trainor-penned single, “Old Friends,” electrified the audience. The Vanguard Award has previously gone to artists including The All-American Rejects, Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Beastie Boys, Beck, Björk, Sara Bareilles, Diplo, fun., Jack Johnson, The Killers, Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, The Strokes, St. Vincent and Walk the Moon.

Publisher of the Year went to Sony/ATV for their role in hits of 2016 like “Cheap Thrills” (Sia), “Don’t Let Me Down” (The Chainsmokers ft. Daya) and  “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (Mike Posner). Songwriter and pop star Mike Posner honored Sony/ATV with a live performance of “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.”

BMG took Independent Publisher of the Year in recognition of hits like “Hide Away” (Daya), “Work from Home” (Fifth Harmony), and “On My Mind” (Ellie Goulding). A live performance of “Hide Away” by Britten Newbill & Brett McLaughlin celebrated BMG and Sony/ATV together, both publishers having had roles in the hit song.

A complete list of winners can be found on the ASCAP website:www.ascap.com/popawards17.