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Lady Antebellum Wins Big Prize

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Lady A Gets Honored! 

BMI held its 59th annual Pop Music Awards last night — and country's biggest trio of course took the top prize for Pop Song of the Year for their landslide hit, "Need You Now."

But they weren’t the only ones recognized at the L.A. Ceremony, which paid tribute to the writers and publishers of the past fifty year's most performed pop songs on U.S. radio and television.

Of course, the new queen of pop Lady Gaga picked up a trophy for Pop Songwriter, along with Jason Derülo, and JR Rotem, who contributed four songs to the year's most performed list.

And music maestro David Foster was named BMI icon for his ability to influence generations of music makers. Foster has written and produced smash hits for international superstars, including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Madonna — and  has previously acquired forty-two BMI awards and fifteen Grammy's, which include three for Producer of the Year. 

Musicians paying homage to David Foster by performing some of his most distinguished songs included Brian McKnight , who delivered a rendition of Earth Wind & Fire's "After the Love is Gone;" Keri Hilson on Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing;" Codey Karey and Delta Goodrem collaborating on "The Prayer," a song originally performed by Celine Dion and Josh Groban; and Chaka Kahn with a roof-rattling version of her hit, "Through the Fire."

By Ian Drew for Us Weekly. To read more of Ian's blog, click here.

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