Lana Del Rey, Desmond Child and Portugal. The Man receive honors at annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards
Arriving at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards on Monday, rocker Alice Cooper said he came to honor the recipient of the nightâs Founders Award, songwriter Desmond Child, whose songs have been recorded by music superstars such as Katy Perry, Ricky Martin, KISS, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Cher and Joan Jett.
âDesmond basically wrote the â80s,â Cooper said of the Songwriting Hall of Famer. âBack then, he wrote for all the âhair groups.â Youâd get him on the phone and say, âDesmond, I need a hit.ââ
The ASCAP Pop Music Awards (ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) presented the Founders Award to Child; the Vanguard Award to the members of Portugal. The Man; and the Global Impact Award to Lana Del Rey. Also named were the yearâs top pop composers and publishers, including Steve Mac, Max Martin, Drew Taggart and Starrah, who all tied for pop music songwriter of the year. Starrah was the first woman so-named since BeyoncÃ©, who received the honor 16 years ago.