NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- SESAC celebrated songwriters and music publishers of this year's most-performed pop songs with its fourth and final virtual awards celebration of 2020. Honorees for the 2020 Pop Awards were announced on the organization's website and across social media platforms with exclusive video content.
"We couldn't end this year without recognizing the remarkable talents of our songwriters in the pop genre," said John Josephson, Chairman and CEO, SESAC Rights Management. "We're so grateful for their outstanding songwriting, creative influence and passion—especially during this unprecedented year. We're looking forward to celebrating with each of them in person in the near future."
"We're thrilled to cap this year by acknowledging and celebrating our Pop Awards honorees," added Sam Kling, SVP of Creative Operations, SESAC. "Despite these trying times, their indelible songs have lifted our spirits and kept us going."
SESAC's Disclosure (Guy and Howard Lawrence) was named Songwriter of the Year and earned the Song of the Year award for co-writing the chart-topping hit "Talk," recorded by Khalid, which also earned a nomination for Record of the Year at the 62nd Grammy Awards. Universal Music Publishing Group was named Publisher of the Year.
Below you will find a complete list of honorees. In addition, you can click here to find an Awards page with photos and videos from honorees and special guests.
SESAC Pop Music Honorees:
Songwriter of the Year: Disclosure (Guy Lawrence and Howard Lawrence)
Publisher of the Year: Universal Music Publishing Group
Song of the Year: "Talk" Written by Guy Lawrence and Howard Lawrence Recorded by Khalid Published by Universal Music Publishing Group
PERFORMANCE AWARD WINNERS
"TALK" Written by: Guy Lawrence, Howard Lawrence Published by: Universal Music Publishing Group Recorded by: Khalid
"DANCING WITH A STRANGER" Written by: Jimmy Napes Published by: Downtown Music Publishing Recorded by: Sam Smith & Normani
"ROXANNE" Written by: Lauren LaRue Published by: Tru Music, Songs That Go Boom, Prescription Songs Recorded by: Arizona Zervas
"PANINI" Written by: Kurt D. Cobain Published by: The End Of Music LLC, BMG Music Rights Recorded by: Lil Nas X
"BEST SHOT" Written by: Jimmie Allen, Josh London Published by: Endurance Music Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Castle Bound Music Recorded by: Jimmie Allen
"A LOT" Written by: Dacoury 'Dahi' Natche Published by: Dahi Productions. Sony/ATV Music Publishing Recorded by: 21 Savage
"HEAT" Written by: Aaron Lamont Small Published by: Aaron Lamont Publishing, Ultra Music Publishing Recorded by: Chris Brown featuring Gunna
"SLIDE" Written by: Keenon 'YG' Jackson Published by: Rap Money, Universal Music Publishing Group Recorded by: H.E.R. featuring YG
"ONE THING RIGHT" Written by: Matt McGinn, Josh Hoge Published by: McGinndependence Day, Songs For Own Music, Universal Music Publishing Group, SMACKWORKS MUSIC, Kobalt Group Publishing Recorded by: Marshmello & Kane Brown
"NEVER REALLY OVER" Written by: Dagny Norvoll Sandvik Published by: Spirit Music Group Recorded by: Katy Perry
"FeRRis WhEEL" Written by: Dez Wright Published by: Dez Wright Beats Recorded by: Tory Lanez featuring Trippie Redd
"TWERK" Written by: Rico Love Published by: Rico Love Is The Best Rapper Alive, Warner Chappell Music Recorded by: City Girls featuring Cardi B
"EASY (Remix)" Written by: DaniLeigh Published by: Universal Music Publishing Group Recorded by: DaniLeigh featuring Chris Brown
"SATURDAY NIGHTS (Remix)" Written by: Josh Hoge Published by: Songs For Owen Music, Universal Music Publishing Group Recorded by: Khalid
"I'M SO TIRED…" Written by: Troye Sivan Published by: Universal Music Publishing Group Recorded by: Lauv & Troye Sivan
"LA LA LAND" Written by: Keenon 'YG' Jackson Published by: Rap Money, Universal Music Publishing Group Recorded by: Bryce Vine featuring YG
"RIGHT BACK" Written by: Michele Williams Published by: 1972 Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Recorded by: Khalid
"DOIN' TIME" Written by: Marshall Goodman Published by: Lyvia's Goods, Concord Music Group Recorded by: Lana Del Rey
"10/10" Written by: Rex Orange County Published by: Universal Music Publishing Group Recorded by: Rex Orange County
"GO LOKO" Written by: Keenon 'YG' Jackson Published by: Rap Money, Universal Music Publishing Group Recorded by: YG, Tyga & Jon Z
"GUIDING LIGHT" Written by: Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Ted Dwane, Winston Marshall Published by: Universal Music Publishing Group Recorded by: Mumford & Sons