Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran were among the top winners at this year’s BMI London Awards.
oulding was honored with the prestigious president’s gong, while Sheeran was awarded Song of the Year in Europe for the global hit, Bad Habits, along with co-writer Johnny McDaid.
During her acceptance speech at The Savoy Hotel in London on Monday, Goulding said it “means the whole world” to be able to continue a career she “really loves”.
The 35-year-old, who is recognized for her contributions to music and songwriting, said releasing music with a team that believes in her as an artist “will always be a blessing.” inexplicable honor.”
She followed in the footsteps of music stars such as Noel Gallagher, Jay Kay, Kenny Chesney, Pink, Willie Nelson, Adam Levine, Gloria and Emilio Estefan to receive the award.
“It means to the world that I continue to have a career that I really, really love,” she said.
“It’s been 12 years since my debut album, so to have continued success and release new music with a team of people who believe in me as an artist, will always be an honor. could not be explained.
“To reach new milestones and be respected with incredible accolades like tonight’s presidential award means everything and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you.”
In her speech, she also singled out singer Tom Mann, whose fiancee passed away on the couple’s wedding day, as an artist she was “lucky enough to do”. the same job” and who did not receive “almost enough credit”.
Goulding, who topped the chart in 2010 with his debut album Lights, said that in the UK ambition “especially for women” was ingrained in “a bad, rude thing”.
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Sharing a message to aspiring musicians, she said: “Ambition is essential, along with talent and a bit of luck, to any hope of a long career in the difficult industry. our towels.
“So for anyone who is on their way, it’s important not to hear from anyone who has ever made a negative comment about you wanting the biggest and the best.
“I know what it’s like to burn out, surrender to everything in a world built against you. I felt favoritism, I felt compromise, I felt unfairness. “
British singer-songwriter evidence includes her 2012 release Halcyon, which hit the top spot in the UK charts alongside her 2020 release Brightest Blue.
Accepting his praise via video message, Sheeran said he had “so much fun” making Bad Habits and seeing the fan reaction to it.
“We had a lot of fun making the song and it was fun playing it on the road and seeing the reaction from people all over Europe and I can’t wait to go out and do more,” he said.
McDaid added: “Ed, I’m so grateful, man, for the fact that you still trust me to make music with you more than a decade after we’ve written songs together and I hope we have many more. more songs.”
The European Song of the Year award is given to the most performed song of the previous year by UK or European writers in the BMI category.
Sheeran previously received the award in 2016, 2017 and most recently in 2018 with Shape Of You, also written with assistance from McDaid.
It comes just six months after the couple won a UK copyright lawsuit claiming they stole Shape Of You.
Sheeran has also been awarded three other BMI London awards this year, honoring 4 million performances by I Don’t Care, 5 million performances by Perfect, and in the Pop Song category with Afterglow, co-written. with David Hodges and Shivers, co-written. written with McDaid and Kal Lavelle.
Meanwhile, singer-songwriter and producer Tems received a BMI award, which recognizes groundbreaking art, innovative vision, and impact on the future of music.
When presented with the award, Tems said: “I just wanted to say thank you.
“Thank you for this award… I’ve come a long way and I’m so grateful.”
The ceremony was chaired by BMI president and chief executive officer Mike O’Neill and BMI Europe vice president of innovation Shirin Foroutan.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/ellie-goulding-and-ed-sheeran-among-top-winners-at-bmi-london-awards-42037790.html Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran among top winners at BMI London Awards