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Sting, Imagine Dragons, Martin Bandier To Be Feted At 2019 BMI Pop Awards
BMI have announced this year's honorees for their 67th annual Pop Awards: GRAMMY winning singer/songwriter Sting, GRAMMY-winning pop/rock outfit Imagine Dragons, and music publishing executive Martin Bandier.
— Broadcast Music Inc. (@bmi) April 3, 2019
Sting's stunning 17 GRAMMY wins and 45 nominations range from his first career GRAMMY for "Reggatta De Blanc" for Best Rock Instrumental Performance nearly 40 years ago to his recent win for 44/876 for Best Reggae Album earlier this year. His ubiquitous hit with the Police, “Every Breath You Take,” will be celebrated during the ceremony as BMI’s most performed song, ending the 22-year run at the top by “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.”
“We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s ceremony, which honors the best of the best in pop music and celebrates songwriting at its finest,” said BMI president and CEO Mike O’Neill. “For the first time in 22 years, BMI has a new top song in our repertoire with Sting’s timeless hit ‘Every Breath You Take,’ a remarkable achievement that solidifies its place in songwriting history. It’s a milestone that demands a special tribute.”
“We are also thrilled to celebrate the groundbreaking artistry and creative vision of Imagine Dragons," added O'Neill, "Who have become one of the most compelling rock bands of the last decade and a most deserving recipient of our President’s Award."
A notable champion for songwriters, Bandier will become the first-ever executive to recieve BMI's Icon Award. He currently serves as Chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing since 2007 following a lengthy and successful stint at EMI Music Publishing. Earlier this year, Bandier was honored by the Songwriter Hall Of Fame with the Visionary Leadership Award.
The 67th annual BMI Pop Awards will take place May 14 at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.