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SESAC Awards, Celebrates, and Honors Pop Music

Left to right: Trevor Gale, Senior VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, SESAC; Visionary Award recipient Jon Platt; “Stay With Me” co-writer James Napier; Public Enemy founder Chuck D Photos by Shawn Ehlers and Johnny Nunez

SESAC celebrated its top songwriters and publishers during the 19th annual SESAC Pop Awards at The New York Public Library on Monday, May 4. During an evening full of top hit makers, industry luminaries and special awards, James Napier captured the top honors taking home the covetedSongwriter of the Year award. Napier and songwriter William Phillips (aka Tourist)were honored with the Song of the Year for their massive hit, “Stay With Me,” as recorded by Sam Smith. Universal Tunes was named Publisher of the Year.

James Napier enjoyed an incredible year with the success of “Stay With Me.”  Recorded by British singing sensation Sam Smith, the song topped the charts and won the GRAMMY Award for Song of the Year.  Napier also scored big hits with Smith on “I’m Not The Only One,” as well as “Latch” by Disclosure feat. Sam Smith and “La La La” by Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith.

One of the evening’s major highlights was the presentation of the distinguishedVisionary Award to Jon Platt, President, North America, for Warner/Chappell Music by legendary hip-hop artist and Public Enemy founder, Chuck D. SESAC affiliate Angela Hunte performed a special version of “Empire State of Mind” in honor of Platt who was instrumental in bringing the hit she wrote to Jay Z and Alicia Keys.

Called “Publishing’s Pied Piper” by the Hollywood Reporter, Platt has long been recognized as one of the most revered executives in the music industry. Since joining Warner/Chappell, he has been instrumental in attracting a wide range of new and established talent including Jay Z, Beyoncé, Roc Nation’s publishing roster, Mike WiLL Made It, and Aloe Blacc, while continuing to build relationships with songwriters such as Katy Perry, Nate Ruess, Michael Bublé, Barry Gibb and George Michael. While at EMI, Jon personally signed Drake, Kanye West, Young Jeezy, Mary Mary and Snoop Dogg among others at the onset of their careers.

American Authors also received a special SESAC Sync Music Award for their hit, “Best Day Of My Life.” The hit song was the theme song for the NHL 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, featured in trailers for the films “Delivery Man” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and used in advertisements for Lowe’s, Hyundai, Nissan, and Lays among others.

Publisher of the Year honors went to Universal Tunes.

City National Bank was a premier sponsor of the SESAC Pop Awards. Delta Airlineswas the travel sponsor and The London Hotel was the hotel sponsor.

A list of honorees follows. For the complete list of all honorees, please visitSESAC.com.

eft to right: SESAC’s Mario Prins; SESAC affiliate and award recipient DJ Marley Waters; Trevor Gale, Senior VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, SESAC Photos by Shawn Ehlers and Johnny Nunez

Songwriter of the Year: James Napier (PRS)

Song of the Year: “Stay With Me”
Written by James Napier (PRS) & William Phillips (PRS)

Published by: Salli Isaak Music Publishing (PRS)
Method Paperwork LTD (PRS)
Universal Tunes

Publisher of the Year: Universal Tunes

Visionary Award: Jon Platt

SESAC Sync Music Award:
“Best Day of My Life”
Recorded by: American Authors
Written by Zac Barnett & James Shelley
Published by Zac Barnett Publishing, James Shelley Publishing, Round Hill Copyrights

Angela Hunte performing her song “Empire State of Mind” in honor of Jon Platt
Photos by Shawn Ehlers and Johnny Nunez

“Stay with Me” co-writer James Napier and SESAC Songwriter of the Year Recipient and John Josephson, CEO/Chairman, SESAC
Photos by Shawn Ehlers and Johnny Nunez

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[#CONVERSATION] Visually Speaking: Who You Callin’ a Paparazzi?
F/ @RowenaHusbands, @JohnnyNUBUZZ & Bennett Raglin
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Thursday, December 11 | 6:30pm 
Schomburg Center | 515 Malcolm X Blvd. New York, NY 
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Few professions offer the glitz and implied glamour as covering a red carpet, a film premiere, a celebrity endorsed product launch or party. You may ask just what would make a Photographer strive to document this scene or what goes into processes of securing assignments and then publishing images in the digital age?

Enter the world of the Entertainment News Photographer and join industry leading Photographers Rowena Husbands, Johnny Nunez, and Bennett Raglin as they share their intimate insights into this oftentimes misunderstood and complicated industry. This edition of Visually Speaking will be guest moderated by the legendary Photographer/Artist Ernie Pannicolli and will prove to be delightfully informative and moving tribute to those behind the lens.

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In our third webisode of the Argyle Life Series, we decided to follow celebrity photographer Johnny Nunez and show you what his accomplishments are and how he lives the Argyle Life. Check it out! Feel free to share with friends and we hope you enjoy. Stay tuned for more episodes to come.