"Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars took the Song of the Year title this week as the music world gathered to celebrate.
Mars' upbeat tune nabbed the Song of the Year from ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). It was their 29th Annual Pop Music Awards, which was held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, Calif. on April 18.
Ari Levine and Bruno Mars of The Smeezingtons, Khari "Needlz" Cain and Cassius D. Kalb collected the ASCAP Pop Song of the Year award for "Just The Way You Are." As ASCAP's most-performed song of 2011, it remained on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 48 weeks and became one of the best-selling singles of all time.
But it was songwriter Max Martin who grabbed the spotlight as he was awarded the top prize of Songwriter of the Year. It was the fifth time he has been so honored. One doesn't have to look far as the why he won. He had his hand in the ten of the most performed songs in 2011, which included "Blow" by Ke$ha, "Till The World Ends" by Britney Spears and "Raise Your Glass" by Pink. To see a list of the most performed songs list, click here.
Another highlight of the star-studded evening were the special awards. This year Carly Simon, Peter Frampton and Trent Reznor were honored. Simon received the ASCAP Founders Award; Peter Frampton was honored with the ASCAP Global Impact Award, and Trent Reznor was presented with the ASCAP Golden Note Award.
The Founders Award, won by Simon and presented by Paul Williams, is truly a top honor. Past winners include Rod Stewart, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Heart's Ann & Nancy Wilson, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Smokey Robinson, Patti Smith, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young. A noteworhty part of the evening was the performance by The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines. She sang "That's The Way I Always Heard It Should Be" as part of the musical tribute to Simon.
One award wasn't enough in one category. ASCAP Publisher of the Year honors went to EMI Music Publishing and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., who each had 18 of the most performed songs of 2011.
The awards kicked off an expo, which ends Saturday.