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Steve Mac named Songwriter of Year

Paul Williams
Steve Mac named Songwriter of Year

Steve Mac was crowned Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP's annual London awards as Universal was named top publisher.

Mac received the night's big songwriting prize at the 33rd annual event held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Wednesday after a run of successes across the States last year, including co-penning with Wayne Hector and fellow ASCAP member Ed Drewett The Wanted's multi-million-seller Glad You Came. The composition was also named Song of the Year, honouring both Mac and Drewett.

Universal Music Publishing UK and Europe president Paul Connolly was on hand to pick up Publisher of the Year at the event, which honours songwriter, composer and publisher members of PRS for Music whose repertoire is licensed by ASCAP.

Among the other winners, Ben Howard was awarded the ASCAP Vanguard Award, recognising what ASCAP says is the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of music. He follows previous winners such as Taio Cruz, Calvin Harris and Plane B. Camille Purcell, who co-wrote The Saturdays' UK chart topper What About Us featuring Sean Paul, received the ASCAP Foundation Stone Award, honouring new songwriters.

Scottish composer Patrick Doyle, whose music has graced a number of big films including Henry V, Gosford Park and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, received the ASCAP Henry Mancini Award in recognition of his significant contribution to film and TV music.

Other songs recognised included Taio Cruz hits Dynamite and Without You, Alex Clare's smash Too Close, Phil Collins' In The Air Tonight, Coldplay's Viva La Vida and Paradise, Jessie J's Domino and Eurythmics' US chart-topper Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).

Veteran songwriter and composer Tony Hatch supplied the night's music entertainment by playing and singing highlights from his catalogue, including the Petula Clark hits Downtown and Don't Sleep In The Subway, Joanna, which was recorded by Scott Walker, and TV themes such as Crossroads, Emmerdale and Neighbours.

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Tags: ASCAP, Steve Mac, Paul Connolly, tony hatch, Patrick Doyle, Ed Drewett

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