BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) celebrated legendary singer/songwriter Paul Anka at the 71st Annual BMI/NAB Dinner held at the Wynn Encore in Las Vegas on April 9. Anka was honored with the BMI Board of Directors Award for his immense impact on contemporary music.
BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill presented the accolade to Anka in front of a room of industry heavy-hitters, commenting that they were “in the presence of music royalty.” He went on to say that Anka has an “unrivaled catalog of songs that have encouraged us to love, hope, reflect and celebrate life.”
Following a retrospective of his many career highlights, Anka brought the house down with a performance of his first hit song “Diana.” He then gave a moving speech where he shared memories about some of his biggest hits and then absolutely delighted the audience with a special rendition of his signature hit “My Way,” during which he thanked BMI and the broadcast industry for their support throughout his illustrious career. He ended the evening with a performance of the original version of the iconic song, which was met with a standing ovation.