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Rico Love Named Songwriter of the Year “Need You Now” Wins Song of the Year Honors EMI Foray Music Named Publisher of the Year Robert Johnson 100th Birthday Celebrated

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Photo 1: Song of the Year Award Winner Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum at 2011 SESAC Awards
Photo 2: Song of the Year Award Winner Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Songwriter of the Year Rico Love kiss their awards
Photo 3: 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
Photo 4: 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
Photo 5: President of Universal Motown Sylvia Rhone with Songwriter of the Year Award Winner Rico Love
** Photo Credit Johnny Nunez for Photo 1, 2 and 3.  Photo Credit Shawn Ehlers for Photo 4 and 5. **

May 12, 2011-New York, NY–  Last night, SESAC, the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization, awarded Rico Love with top honors at the 15th Annual SESAC New York Music Awards when he was named Songwriter of the Year at Manhattan’s IAC Building. Hillary Scott of multi-platinum powerhouse trio Lady Antebellum took home Song of the Year honors for her mega-hit, “Need You Now.”

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

The 2011 awards celebration drew more than 400 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals. The star-studded attendees included Love, Hillary Scott, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, Bryan-Michael Cox, Chrisette Michele, Angela Hunte  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.

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 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.   The busy entrepreneur added yet another credential to his resume as he recently launched Division1 Records, a joint venture with Universal Music Group.

Hillary Scott, a member of the multi-platinum group, Lady Antebellum, has seen extraordinary acclaim of late especially with the unprecedented success of “Need You Now.”   The title track of Lady Antebellum’s second album is a moving exploration of the regret of a lost lover and the yearning to reconnect. “Need You Now” was certified triple Platinum after spending 5 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the  Billboard Country Songs chart. The song dominated pop radio stations across the country landing at No. 1 in multiple formats and claiming the No. 1 spot on iTunes’ singles chart in all genres.

One of the evening’s many highlights was the celebration of 100th birthday of music pioneer and undisputed King of the Delta Blues, Robert Johnson.   Born in 1911 in Hazelhurst, Miss., Johnson was one of the most influential voices in American music influencing a plethora of today’s most heralded artists including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Keb Mo and Jack White to name a few.   Creating such classics as “Cross Road Blues,” “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and “Love In Vain,” the artist infused his music with raw power and intensity.   Johnson disciple Eric Clapton once observed that Johnson’s music was unlike any ever heard.   “It was almost as if he felt things so acutely he found it unbearable,” Clapton remarked.   After a riveting video tribute documenting Johnson’s career and accomplishments, Ronny Drayton, a highly accomplished studio musician with stints playing alongside a multitude of high profile artists, hit the stage performing Johnson classic “Love In Vain” to an enthralled audience. Robert Johnson’s grandson, Michael, traveled from his home in Mississippi to accept the posthumous award on behalf of the Johnson family.

Billboard Magazine and  SPIN Magazine were the event’s primary sponsors.

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).


Songwriter of the Year:

Rico Love


Song of the Year:

“Need You Now”

Written by Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott


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



Recorded by: Pink

Songwriter: Nate “Danja” Hills

Publisher(s): Danjahandz Muzik, WBM Music Corp.


“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.



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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