Taking place at London’s Dorchester Hotel last night (13 October), the prize is given to the most-performed song by UK or European writers in the BMI catalogue on US radio and television over the past twelve months.
Co-writer Nile Rodgers was on hand to collect the gong on behalf of Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo as well as Pharrell Williams.
Emeli Sandé earned a pop award for her hit Next to Me and for her collaboration with Labrinth on Beneath Your Beautiful, as did Wayne Hector for best song ever performed by One Direction
Ellie Goulding was a triple winner for her songwriting in Anything Could Happen, Burn, and I Need Your Love.
Meanwhile, Van Morrison was honoured for his classic track Brown Eyed Girl. The veteran singer songwriter’s signature song was released in 1967 and has now received more than 11m plays in the US.
As previously reported, Sir Tim Rice was also the recipient of the BMI Icon.
Visit the BMI website to see the full list of winners from the event.