Norwegian Hitmakers Claim Seven Ascap Prizes
The Norwegian hitmakers behind chart-toppers for NE-YO, RIHANNA and BEYONCE were honoured with seven coveted Songwriter Of The Year prizes at Wednesday's (10Oct07) 27th annual American Society Of Composers, Authors And Publishers (ASCAP) Awards in London.
Producers Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen, collectively known as Stargate, earned the title for penning some of the most performed songs of the past year.
These included Ne-Yo's So Sick, which was also honoured as ASCAP's Song Of The Year, Rihanna's Unfaithful, Kelly Clarkson's Walk Away and Beyonce Knowles' Irreplaceable.
Other awards recipients at The Grosvenor House Hotel ceremony included new acts Bat For Lashes, aka Natasha Khan, who received the ASCAP Vanguard Award for her debut album Fur And Gold, and The View, who were honoured with the ASCAP College Award for their platinum-selling debut album Hats Off To The Buskers.
Coldplay, Dido and U2 also picked up Songwriter Of The Year honours, with two songs each.