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2012 SESAC Pop Music Awards

Jacob Luttrell; Bryan-Michael Cox; Usher; Rico Love

NEW YORK, NY (May 11, 2012) – Last night, SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization, awarded Rico Love with top honors at the 16th Annual SESAC Pop Music Awards when he was named Songwriter of the Year, at NYC’s Skylight Soho. Multi-platinum superstar Usher made a surprise appearance at the awards to present his friend and collaborator Love with the prestigious award.

Songwriter Jacob Luttrell captured Song of the Year honors for smash hit, “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” as recorded by Enrique Iglesias.

SESAC Publisher of the Year honors went to EMI Foray Music.

Love has enjoyed an extraordinary year by anyone’s estimation. One of pop music’s most prolific and diverse creative talents, Love hit the top of the charts in the last couple of years 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. The past year proved to be another successful one for the busy songwriter/producer as he again ruled the charts with “Motivation” (by Kelly Rowland) and “Without You” (by David Guetta featuring Usher).

Pop/ R&B songstress Melanie Fiona delivered a soulful version of her current single, “4:00 am,” a song written by Rico Love.

One of the evening’s many highlights was the Inspiration Award presentation to Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer, Bryan-Michael Cox in recognition of his artistic, entrepreneurial and philanthropic contributions. In a short amount of time, Cox has established himself as one of music’s most gifted and prolific music-makers. Since hitting the music scene he has made a major impact with his songwriting and producing skills on such hits as Mariah Carey’s “Don’t Forget About Us”, Usher’s “Burn”, “You Got It Bad” and “Confessions Pt. 2” and took home a Grammy Award for his work on Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You.” Currently, Cox has projects in the works with such superstars as Mariah Carey, Brandy, Monica and Babyface. Cox is also working with songwriting/producing giant Rico Love on projects for Kelly Rowland, Tierra Mari and Trey Songz.

SESAC President/COO, Pat Collins; SESAC Chairman of the Board/CEO, Stephen Swid; SESAC Senior VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, Trevor Gale; Music Executive, Sylvia Rhone; Rico Love; Melanie Fiona

A noted humanitarian, Cox has served on the advisory board of 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, a non-profit organization that helps identify, finance and mentor entrepreneurs from economically disadvantaged communities – often through live business-pitch events in cities across the United States – in order to highlight the urban community’s untapped business potential and demonstrate, to an additional 1 million-plus entrepreneurs, a proven path forward to business and financial success. Bryan tours the country serving as a judge at these live pitch events and ultimately acts as a mentor to the program’s participants. In addition, Bryan works with The Travis Best Foundation, a non-profit founded by former NBA player Travis Best that helps underserved youth through arts and athletics. Each year, Bryan dedicates a weekend in Springfield Massachusetts during The Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend where he works hands on with youth that have an interest in songwriting and production. Bryan hosts workshops where he tutors kids ages 13 – 17 in music production, songwriting, music business and publishing.
SESAC Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Jamie Dominguez; SESAC Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Linda Lorence Critelli; Usher; Rico Love; SESAC President/COO, Pat Collins; SESAC Writer/Publisher Relations, Peniece Le Gall; SESAC Senior VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, Trevor Gale.

The 2012 awards celebration drew more than 400 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals. The star-studded attendees including Love, Fiona, Cox, Greg Curtis and Traci Hale among many others. There were more than 40 songwriter and publisher award recipients in the categories of Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, and Rock.

Established in 1930, SESAC is a service organization created to assist both the creators of music and music users through timely, efficient royalty collection and music licensing. SESAC maintains a diversified repertory that includes virtually all genres of music. Headquartered in Nashville, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London (www.sesac.com).

A COMPLETE LIST OF SESAC AWARD RECIPIENTS FOLLOWS:
Songwriter of the Year:
Rico Love

Song of the Year:
“Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)”
Written by Jacob Luttrell
Published by: Artist Publishing Group East & LSLX Music

Publisher of the Year:
EMI Foray Music

“Inspiration Award”
Bryan-Michael Cox

“Motivation”
Recorded by: Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne
Songwriter: Rico Love
Publisher(s): EMI Foray Music, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

“Without You”
Recorded by: David Guetta feat. Usher
Songwriter: Rico Love
Publisher(s): EMI Foray Music, Rico Love Is Still A Rapper

“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

“Just A Kiss”
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): Shaw Enuff Songs

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

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

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

“I’m On One”
Recorded by: DJ Khaled feat. Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne
Songwriter: Nikhil Seetharam
Publisher(s): EMI Foray Music, Kromatik Music

“Make Me Proud”
Recorded by: Drake feat. Nicki Minaj
Songwriter: Nikhil Seetharam
Publisher: EMI Foray Music, Kromatik Music

“Moment 4 Life”
Recorded by: Nicki Minaj feat. Drake
Songwriter: Nikhil Seetharam
Publisher(s): EMI Foray Music, Kromatik Music

“Lotus Flower Bomb”
Recorded by: Wale feat. Miguel
Songwriter: Samuel Dew
Publisher: By the Chi Publishing

“Out Of My Head”
Recorded by: Lupe Fiasco feat. Trey Songz
Songwriter: Miykal Snoddy
Publisher(s): Makithot Music Publishing

“What’s My Name”
Recorded by: Rhianna feat. Drake
Songwriter: Traci Hale
Publisher(s): Hale Yeah Music, peertunes Ltd.

“Bottoms Up”
Recorded by: Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj
Songwriter: Milton “Track Dealer”
James Publisher(s): iHip Hop Music

“Can’t Be Friends”
Recorded by: Trey Songz
Songwriter: Claude Forbes
Publisher(s): S dat Quo

“Cupid”
Recorded by: Lloyd feat. Awesome Jones
Songwriter(s): Greg Curtis, Jason Perry
Publisher(s): Cardraygee Music Publishing, Jasons Lyrics, Reach Global Tunes & Universal Tunes

“Did It On ‘Em”
Recorded by: Nicki Minaj
Songwriter: Safaree Samuels
Publisher(s): Scaffboogs Music

“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




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