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Tuesday 04 October 2022.

Monday 03 October 2022. BMI LONDON AWARDS at The Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2. Always nice to be at this famous five star hotel. ELLIE GOULDING received the BMI President’s Award and Nigerian singer TEMS received the BMI Impact Award at the 2022 BMI London Awards. The prestigous event will be hosted by Mike O’Neill, BMI president and CEO. I have been to these awards several times before with the main award going to.... 2007 - Peter Gabriel 2008 - Bryan Ferry 2011 - Queen 2013 - John Lydon 2015 - Graham Gouldman (10cc) 2016 - Sting 2017 - Jay Kay (Jamiroquai ) 2018 - Harry Gregson - Williams (film composer) 2019 - Noel Gallagher The ceremony also pays tribute to the U.K. and European songwriters and publishers of the previous year’s most-performed songs on U.S. radio and television from BMI’s repertoire. The million-air awards, song of the year, and awards for pop, dance, film, television and cable television music will be handed out. 6pm to 7.15pm - red carpet arrivals reception for the press folks here. Around a dozen photographers here including Dave Hogan from The Sun. Also tv and radio interviewers. Complimentary Laurent Perrier champers for all 300 guests. Many of the songwriters getting recognition are not well known faces. Songwriting legend DON BLACK is always here, and I see CORRINE BAILEY-RAE. ELLIE GOULDING is last to arrive as she gets the main award this year. We are not invited for the sit down three course meal, so we have our own elsewhere. then 9.30pm to 11.45pm - back to Savoy Hotel so see some of the songwriting medals given out. Ed Sheeran and Johnny McDaid win the European song of the year award for their global hit “Bad Habits” at the 2022 BMI London Awards. The award is given to BMI’s most performed song of the previous year by U.K. or European writers. The single spent 11 consecutive weeks at the top of the Official U.K. Singles Chart. Accepting the award via video message, Sheeran said, “We had so much fun making the song and it has been so much fun playing the song out on the road and seeing the reactions of people all around Europe and I can’t wait to go out and do some more.” Ed Sheeran won a few other awards tonight for multi-million plays of his tracks. Among the multiple Million-Air awards presented throughout the evening were Tom Barnes and Sam Roman for 4 million performances of “Someone You Loved” performed by Lewis Capaldi; and Sam Smith and Normani for “Dancing With a Stranger.” With 6 million performances, Stig Anderson, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus were honored for “Dancing Queen” as performed by ABBA. Elton John was honored with three BMI London Awards, honoring 7 million performances of “Rocket Man,” 6 million performances of “Tiny Dancer” and in the pop songs category with “Cold Heart (Pnau Remix),” co-written with Andrew Meecham and Dean Meredith. Nice to see Dolores O'Riordan (RIP) The Cranberries get an award for 4 million plays of "Dreams". At 10pm ELLIE GOULING gets her moment, showing all her videos on the big screen and speeches. Ellie also sings two songs with the help of a piano player and two female backing singers. She performed singles "Woman” and “New Heights,” from her 2020 album "Brightest Blue". A full complimentary bar after including Laurent Perrier champers and different spirits, wines,beers etc.