Phil Collins Receiving Johnny Mercer Award From Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Music legend Phil Collins has been chosen to receive the esteemed Johnny Mercer Award at this year’s Songwriters Hall Of Fame Awards dinner on Thursday, June 17 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Collins will be inducted into the Hall alongside Leonard Cohen, Jackie DeShannon, David Foster, Johnny Mandel, and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Larry Dunn and Al McKay.

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The singer-songwriter, drummer, composer and producer will be honored for his vast contributions to music:  penning radio favorites like “In the Air Tonight,” “Against All Odds,” “Another Day In Paradise,” “Sussudio,” “You Can’t Hurry Love” and “Two Hearts.” Collins also penned songs for the Disney films Tarzan and Brother Bear.” Tarzan’s “You’ll Be In My Heart” won a Golden Globe Award in 1999 for “Best Song Written For A Film.”

“Phil has churned out a massive stream of classic songs that have resonated with audiences around the globe in a career that has won him admiration beyond cultural and linguistic boundaries,” says Songwriter Hall Of Fame Chairman/CEO Hal David. “In our professional community, he is among the most respected musical creators of our generation.” The Johnny Mercer Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and only those who are already inducted can receive it.

Collins is currently wrapping up work on a new album, slated for release in September 2010. Later this month, he’ll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of the band Genesis.


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