SESAC Music Awards Gala w/ Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Sylvia Rhone, Swizz Beatz, Rico Love, Chrisette Michele, Bryan-Michael Cox, Angela Hunte & More

President of Universal Motown Sylvia Rhone with Songwriter of the Year Award Winner Rico Love

Last night SESAC, the performing arts organization that is getting bigger, had their 15th Annual Music Awards Gala in New York City last night. Rico Love, who hit the top of the charts in 2010 with “There Goes My Baby” and “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)” by Usher (featuring Plies) as well as “Just A Dream” by Nelly and “Hello Good Morning” (co-written with fellow SESAC hit-maker Nate “Danja” Hills) and recorded by Diddy-Dirty Money (featuring T.I. and Rick Ross) and “Sweet Dreams” by Beyonce, was given top honors with Songwriter of the Year. There was also a celebration for the 100th birthday of late Delta Blues legend Robert Johnson. The complete list of winners is below.

Songwriter of the Year:
Rico Love

Song of the Year:
“Need You Now”
Written by Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott

President COO of SESAC Pat Collins, Award Winners Bryan-Michael Cox, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Rico Love and Swizz Beatz at 2011 SESAC Awards

Publisher of the Year:
EMI Foray Music

“Just A Dream”
Recorded by: Nelly
Songwriter: Rico Love
Publisher(s): EMI Foray Music, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

“There Goes My Baby”
Recorded by: Usher
Songwriter: Rico Love
Publisher(s): EMI Foray Music, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

“Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)”
Recorded by: Usher featuring Plies
Songwriter: Rico Love
Publisher(s): EMI Foray Music, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

“Sweet Dreams”
Recorded by: Beyonce
Songwriter: Rico Love
Publisher(s): EMI Foray Music, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

“Hello Good Morning”
Recorded by: Diddy Dirty Money
Songwriter(s): Nate “Danja” Hills, Rico Love
Publisher(s): Danjahandz Muzik, EMI Foray Music, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

“Sober”
Recorded by: Pink
Songwriter: Nate “Danja” Hills
Publisher(s): Danjahandz Muzik, WBM Music Corp.

SESAC Co-Chairman Ira Smith, SESAC Chief Executive Officer Stephen Swid, President of Universal Motown Sylvia Rhone and SESAC SVP Songwriter/Publisher Relations Trevor Gale at 2011 SESAC Awards

“Knock You Down”
Recorded by: Keri Hilson
Songwriter: Nate “Danja” Hills
Publisher: Danjahandz Muzik

“Need You Now”
Recorded by: Lady Antebellum
Songwriter: Hillary Scott
Publisher(s): EMI Foray Music, Hillary Dawn Songs

“I Run To You”
Recorded by: Lady Antebellum
Songwriter: Hillary Scott
Publisher(s): EMI Foray Music, Hillary Dawn Songs

“It Kills Me”
Recorded by: Melanie Fiona
Songwriter: Jay Fenix
Publisher(s): YoufeelJ Publishing, WBM Music Corp.

“What’s My Name”
Recorded by: Rihanna featuring Drake
Songwriter: Traci Hale
Publisher: Hale Yeah Music

“Letting Go (Dutty Love)”
Recorded by: Sean Kingston featuring Nicki Minaj
Songwriter: Traci Hale
Publisher(s): Hale Yeah Music, peertunes Ltd.

“Glitter In The Air”
Recorded by: Pink
Songwriter: Billy Mann
Publisher(s): Sony/ATV Sounds LLC, Turtle Victory

“Empire State Of Mind”
Recorded by: Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys
Songwriter: Angela Hunte
Publisher(s): EMI Foray Music, Masani El Shabazz

“Love All Over Me”
Recorded by: Monica
Songwriter: Bryan-Michael Cox
Publisher(s): Noontime South Inc., Songs In The Key Of B Flat, WBM Music Corp.

“Fancy”
Recorded by: Drake featuring T.I.
Songwriter: Swizz Beatz
Publisher(s): Avenue Beatz Music, Monza Ronza, Universal Tunes

“On To The Next One”
Recorded by: Jay-Z featuring Swizz Beatz
Songwriter: Swizz Beatz
Publisher(s): Monza Ronza, Universal Tunes

“Aston Martin Music”
Recorded by: Rick Ross featuring Drake & Chrisette Michele
Songwriter: Chrisette Michele
Publisher(s): Chrisette Michele LLC, EMI Foray Music, Four Kings Publishing

“Ain’t Leavin’ Without You”
Recorded by: Jaheim
Songwriter: Bale’wa Muhammad
Publisher(s): Jahqae Joints, Universal Tunes

“I Wanna Rock”
Recorded by: Snoop Dogg
Songwriter: Scoop Deville
Publisher: Elijah Molina Publishing

“Little Lion Man”
Recorded by: Mumford & Sons
Songwriter(s): Edward Dwane, Benjamin Lovett, Winston Marshall, Marcus Mumford
Publisher: Universal Tunes

“Your Decision”
Recorded by: Alice In Chains
Songwriter: Jerry Cantrell

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