Congratulations to multitalented songwriter, producer, musician, vocalist, and advocate Ryan Tedder, who received the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA)'s coveted Songwriter Icon Award during its Annual Meeting at the Edison Ballroom in New York City yesterday.
As OneRepublic's frontman and key songwriter, Tedder was also presented with the extremely rare Diamond Award certification for their hit "Counting Stars" by RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier with NMPA President and CEO David Israelite. He now holds more certifications than any other NMPA Icon, with a total of 27 Gold & Platinum verified hits.
In a powerful acceptance speech, Tedder spoke on the importance of songwriters to society in relation to songwriters’ rights — as well as his unexpected political advocacy with the NMPA. "I don't particularly consider myself an icon," Tedder said. "Not to disparage any other artists who refer to themselves as icons, it's just an odd thing to refer to yourself [as] — but I deeply appreciate the association, recognizing my work in the studio as well as on Capitol Hill. I definitely didn't plan on getting into politics, and it happened — it happened so quickly."
“On top of being a record-breaking songwriter, artist and producer, Ryan Tedder is an activist,” said Israelite. “Last year he proved to be one of the most vocal and impactful forces behind the passage of the Music Modernization Act. Quite honestly, we couldn’t have done it without him, and we all owe him a debt not just for his songwriting but also for his advocacy on behalf of all people who make music.”
Tedder also performed some of his most recognizable songs and shared the stories behind their creation, including this year’s number one Jonas Brothers smash “Sucker,” Beyoncé’s “Halo,” Adele’s “Rumour Has It,” and “Counting Stars.”
Tedder has received numerous accolades for back-to-back accomplishments, as of late — from the airing of his popular new NBC songwriting competition series Songland to a string of high-profile releases including OneRepublic's "Rescue Me," P!nk's "Can We Pretend," "Sucker," and several other cuts from the Jonas Brothers' acclaimed 2019 comeback album, Happiness Begins (which he not only co-wrote but also executive produced).
The accomplished songwriter has worked with a who’s who of contemporary music, such as Adele, Ariana Grande, Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Camila Cabello, Chris Cornell, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Gym Class Heroes, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Logic, Maroon 5, Paul McCartney, Sean Paul, Shawn Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Pussycat Dolls, and U2.
In his annual State of the Industry Address, Israelite spoke about the NMPA's unanimous decision to amend its bylaws to include songwriters on its board, future advocacy battles the organization intends to fight, and the industry's positive state — citing its reported revenue of over 3.3 billion dollars in 2018 ("a record, in recent times") and 11.78% growth from 2017 to 2018.
Every year, the NMPA holds its Annual Meeting on the eve of the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala — at which legendary songwriter John Prine will be inducted this year.
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