Sam Smith won the Song on the Year award for the 2015 BMI London Awards on Monday (19.10.15).
The 23-year-old singer grabbed the prestigious Robert S.Musel award for ‘Stay With Me‘, beating off stiff competition from Ed Sheeran and Hozier.
The gong is offered to the most-performed song with the previous year by UK or European writers inside BMI catalogue on US television and radio.
He also received four Pop Awards for ‘Stay With Me‘, ‘I’m Not The Only One’, ‘Latch’ with his fantastic contribution to ‘La La La’. John Newman was shown Pop Awards for BRIT Award nominated ‘Love Me Again’ and ‘Blame’ and revealed he or she is currently focusing on some exciting new collaborations.
Speaking in the ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel, he told BANG Showbiz: “I’ve got a bit of really exciting collaborations, I think it is currently a time when I can really start a bit. We’re gonna extend this campaign too and have a long second album. I was actually within the studio with Diplo yesterday which has been really exciting and I’m utilizing Major Lazer and Calvin Harris and I just adopted out in the studio with Rudimental. I’ve got fingers in the pies.”
Referring to his colleague Calvin, John added: “We’re very, very good friends. We spend time and effort together and I made this completely record in America and I was literally three doors down from Calvin and the man was so brilliant using that time. I mean we’ve known the other for two years now.”
Meanwhile, Graham Gouldman was named BMI Icon as a consequence of his “unique and indelible impact on generations of music makers”.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards received the BMI Million-Air Award with the nine million combined radio plays of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’. Other writers receiving awards for five million plays include The Bee Gees for ‘Islands In The Stream’, Sting for ‘Roxanne’ and Des’ree for ‘You Gotta Be’.
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