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ASCAP Pop Music Awards

By Lauren Ford
Posted On Apr 28, 2016
ASCAP Pop Music Awards

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) – you know, the ones who create the music – came together to celebrate at the 33rd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. The ceremony took place at the Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles in front of a packed audience of songwriters, composers, producers, and music industry executives.

Among the attendees that were honored at this years’ event was acclaimed songwriter, performer, and artist, John Mellencamp. ASCAP also bestowed its Vanguard Award upon the chart-topping pop group, Walk the Moon, who was responsible for composing “Shut Up and Dance.”

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Max Martin was honored for leading the pack with nine pop hits this year including “Blank Space” and “Style” (Taylor Swift), “Love Me Like You Do” (Ellie Goulding), “Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd), and “Bad Blood” (Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar).

New You caught up with a few of the honorees and celebs on the red carpet awaiting a dazzling night of music and celebration.

Walk the Moon won the Vanguard Award and the Song of the Year award last night for their hit single, “Shut Up and Dance.” We got to chat with the new wave rock band at the event where they talked their music making process. “It’s so different every time. That’s who we are as a band. Four different dudes with very different musical backgrounds. I don’t think any of our songs really sound quite the same.” They also talk about their next moves as a group.

Poo Bear, a songwriter most known for his collaborations with Justin Bieber, was also in attendance. “We [Him & Justin Bieber] come up with ideas. We’re such good friends and brothers so were able to read each other’s minds. He has an incredible ear and is an incredible songwriter as well.” He also shares a fun fact about the Biebs. Watch the video to find out what it is that Justin Bieber loves.

Solo artist J Sutta, a former Pussycat Doll, talks about her memories with Prince. “It’s so amazing how he always stayed true to who he really was, no apologies. He just was Prince.” She also talks about her upcoming album I Say Yes and her transformation as an artist.

We caught up with Omi, the singer best known for his song “Cheerleader.” He talks about his upcoming tour this summer. “I’m not going there to perform. I’m going to enjoy the company of my fans.” He also talks about Prince’s legacy. “When somebody comes and has such a huge impact on music, and is such an inspiration to so many young artists you have to pay tribute. His music will live on.”

Paul Williams, veteran singer, songwriter, and president of the ASCAP talks about the changes in the music industry. “The biggest changes in the music industry are the way that people enjoy their music.” The devices that they use. All of a sudden were in a world of streaming.“ Gone are the days of vinyls and albums. Nowadays we have Spotify and Apple Music. What does this mean for the artists? Watch the full video below to find out.