I had a fantastic time last night with Brian & Roger from Queen!
Thanks, Brian Rasic, for the photo!
Yoko attends BMI London awards
by Paul Williams, Music Week
Yoko Ono made a surprise appearance at BMI’s annual London awards and dinner last night as John Lennon’s Woman was honoured with 4 million US radio plays.
Ono received a standing ovation at the event at The Dorchester Hotel on London’s Park Lane as she picked up the award for her husband’s track from their 1980 album Double Fantasy. Four Beatles songs also received multi-play awards: Let It Be (6 million), Michelle (6 million), Eleanor Rigby (4 million) and We Can Work It (4 million).
“I’d like to say thank you,” Ono said as she accepted the award. “John would have been very pleased. We have been at BMI all this time and I think it’s a good idea.”
The night’s top award went to Queen who were honoured with the Icon award, a prize whose previous recipients include Ray Davies, Van Morrison, Bryan Ferry and Don Black. The award was collected on the band’s behalf by founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor.
The Script’s Breakeven was named song of the year as well as picking up a pop award at the event, which honours European and Asian songwriters and composers represented in the States by BMI. Co-written by Andrew Frampton and the band’s Daniel O’Donoghue and Mark Sheehan, Breakeven has sold more than 2 million downloads in the US alone and reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Other winners at the event included Taio Cruz’s Hot 100 chart-topping Break Your Heart, which was co-written by Cruz and Fraser T Smith, and named college song of the year. Stereo Love, written and recorded by Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina, was dance song of the year.