Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will present KISS’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with ASCAP’s prestigious Founders Award tonight at the U.S. performing-rights organization’s 32nd annual Pop Music Awards ceremony. The honor recognizes songwriters who have made noteworthy contributions to the music industry by inspiring and influencing other artists to create music.
The Doobie Brothers will receive ASCAP’s Voice of Music Award at the event. Longtime band members Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee, along with ex-singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald, will be on hand to accept the honor, which is presented to an artist or composer who has created music that “gives voice to the spirit of a generation.”
In addition, acclaimed indie-rocker St. Vincent will be honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award, which acknowledges musical genres that impact the future direction of American music.
Meanwhile, founding Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and his current collaborator, our very own rock guitar whiz Orianthi, are among the musicians who will perform at the ceremony. The event also will honor the songwriters and publishers of the most frequently performed songs of 2014. Among the major categories acknowledged at the gala are Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year, Publisher of the Year and Independent Publisher of the Year.