Mccartney Named Top Songwriter
SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY has landed another high honour - he was named Songwriter of The Year at the 29th Annual ASCAP Awards in London on Wednesday (14Oct09).
Coldplay's Viva La Vida picked up Song of the Year honours and The Ting Tings and Calvin Harris were handed special awards at the music industry gala.
The awards presentation honoured songwriters and publishers of the most performed works in the U.S. during 2008.
Other big winners at the event included Phil Collins, who collected his 11th award for his hit In The Air Tonight and songwriter Steve Booker was honoured for his Duffy hit Mercy. Longtime Ozzy Osbourne collaborator Bob Daisley collected an award for Crazy Train, while Jim MCCarty and Paul Samwell-Smith of blues-rock supergroup the Yardbirds were honoured for their contributions to The Pussycat Dolls' When I Grow Up.
Eurythmics stars Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart were also recognised, as was singer/songwriter Dido.