Recognizing the chart-topping songwriters, producers and publishers behind the biggest pop music hits of 2021, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has announced the winners of the 2022 ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Reprising its popular social media awards format, the show will fête winners across @ASCAP Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, April 11 - 14.
Celebrating a year of record-breaking hits and fresh from three Grammy Award wins, Olivia Rodrigo adds ASCAP Pop Music Awards Songwriter of the Year to her growing collection of top industry accolades. Initially known for her quadruple-platinum, breakout single “drivers license,” Rodrigo continued her meteoric rise with Sour, breaking Spotify records while becoming the first artist to chart three songs from a debut album simultaneously in the Billboard Top 100's top 10. The pop superstar takes home the top ASCAP honor —her first ASCAP Award ever— recognizing her megahits "deja vu," "drivers license" and "good 4 u” and will accept the award in an exclusive video on @ASCAP social media.
As one of the longest-charting Billboard Hot 100 hits of all time, “Levitating” receives ASCAP Pop Music Awards Song of the Year. The multi-platinum hit was written by ASCAP songwriters Clarence Coffee Jr., Sarah Hudson, DaBaby, Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk and Dua Lipa and published by Baby Jesus Publishing, Best Coffee in Town, Italians Do It Better, Kobalt Music Publishing, Nyan King Music, Prescription Songs, Sony Music Publishing, South Coast Music Group LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Unsub Pub LLC and Warner Chappell Music.
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Publisher of the Year goes to Sony Music Publishing. The publishing powerhouse takes home the prestigious recognition for its contributions to pop music in 2021 with top songs including “Arcade,” “Back in Blood,” “Beers and Sunshine,” “drivers license,” “Kiss Me More,” “Peaches,” “RAPSTAR” and more.
As part of the festivities, ASCAP Experience will host a special ASCAP Pop Music Awards session on @ASCAP Instagram Live. On Wednesday, April 13, chart-topping songwriters Tommy Brown and Mr. Franks will discuss their ASCAP award-winning songs “34+35,” “positions” and “pov” (all performed by Ariana Grande) and “Holy” (performed by Justin Bieber), moderated by Republic Records Co-President Wendy Goldstein. The session begins at 4PM ET/ 1PM PT.More information on ASCAP Experience is available at ascapexperience.com.
In addition to exclusive ASCAP Experience conversations and acceptance speeches, ASCAP Pop Music Awards will feature winners sharing stories of their breakthrough moments, the creation and production of their chart-topping hits andadvice for up-and-coming creators. Starting at 10AM ET/ 7AM PT on April 11 through April 14, friends, fans and peers can join in the celebration via @ASCAP on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #ASCAPAwards.
The ASCAP Pop Music Awards honor the songwriters and publishers of the most performed songs of the past year in pop music. The winning songs are determined by data for terrestrial and satellite radio and for actual programmed and on-demand audio streams that is provided by Luminate (formerly P-MRC Data) in accordance with ASCAP's publicly available rules.
The complete list of winners is available on the ASCAP website: ascap.com/popawards22.
ASCAP POP MUSIC AWARD WINNERS LIST 2022
● SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Olivia Rodrigo
● SONG OF THE YEAR: “Levitating”
Writers: Clarence Coffee Jr., Sarah Hudson, DaBaby, Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk, Dua Lipa
Publishers: Baby Jesus Publishing, Best Coffee in Town, Sony Music Publishing, Italians Do It Better, Kobalt Music Publishing, Nyan King Music, Prescription Songs, South Coast Music Group LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Unsub Pub LLC, Warner Chappell Music
● PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR: Sony Music Publishing
MOST PERFORMED SONGS:
Writers:TOMMY BROWN, MR. FRANKS, ARIANA GRANDE, VICTORIA MONÉT, SCOTT NICHOLSON
Publishers: AVEX USA SONGS, BMG, GRANDARIMUSIC, KiiD, RESERVOIR, SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING, CHAMPAGNE THERAPY MUSIC GROUP, UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP, VICTORIA MONÉT MUSIC PUBLISHING
Writers: WOUTER HARDY, WILL KNOX, DUNCAN LAURENCE
Publishers: RED BRICK SONGS, SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING
Writers: BIG SEAN, BRIAN WARFIELD
Publishers: BRIAN'S PIGGY BANK, I AM HER PUBLISHING, MY LAST PUBLISHING, UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP, WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC
BACK IN BLOOD
Writers: LIL DURK, LONTRELL "POOH SHIESTY" WILLIAMS
Publishers: ANGELOOTF MUSIC, SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING
Writers: JACOB "JKASH" HINDLIN
Publishers: KOBALT MUSIC PUBLISHING, PRESCRIPTION SONGS, RAP KINGPIN MUSIC
BEERS AND SUNSHINE
Writers: J.T. HARDING, JOSH OSBORNE, DARIUS RUCKER
Publishers: DETROIT RECORDS AND TAPES, GROWING MUSIC PUBLISHING, SMACKBORNE MUSIC, SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING, WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC
Writers: DR. LUKE, THERON THOMAS
Publishers: BMG, JIM DADDY SMOKE YA, KASZ MONEY PUBLISHING, KOBALT MUSIC PUBLISHING
BREAKING UP WAS EASY IN THE 90'S
Writers: ZACH CROWELL, JOSH OSBORNE
Publishers: KYLER'S KINDA NIGHT, ROUND HILL SONGS , BETWEEN THE PINES, SMACKBORNE MUSIC, SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING, SPIRIT MUSIC NASHVILLE, UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP
CALLING MY PHONE
Writers: BRENDAN WALSH