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SESAC Holds 12th Annual NY Music Awards

Nate “Danja” Hills Takes Home Songwriter of the Year & Song of the Year Honors

SESAC New York Awards
SESAC's Senior Director, James Leach, Nate "Danja" Hills, Freddie Gershon and SESAC's Vice President, Trevor Gale.
SESAC New York Awards
Freddie Gershon, Paul Shaffer & Ira Smith
SESAC New York Awards
Publisher of the Year,WBM Music Corp: (left to right): Janelle White (Warner/Chappell Music), Trevor Gale (Vice President, SESAC), Shani Gonzales (Warner/Chappell Music), Pat Collins (President/COO, SESAC), Ann Sweeney (Executive Vice President, Warner/Chappell Music), Linda Lorence Critelli (Vice President, SESAC) and Chris Hicks (Senior Vice President and Head of Urban Music, Warner/Chappell Music).
SESAC New York Awards
Kendrick Dean, SESAC's, James Leach, Bryan-Michael Cox
and Nate "Danja" Hills.
SESAC New York Awards
(Left to right) Jack Knight with SESAC's Cappriccieo Scates
SESAC New York Awards
SESAC's Tim Fink, Liz Rose ("Teardrops On My Guitar")
and SESAC's Trevor Gale
SESAC New York Awards
Jason Perry and SESAC's Trevor Gale
SESAC New York Awards
Trevor Gale, Claudio Sanchez (of Coheed & Cambria who were honored for their song, “The Running Free”), SESAC's Jamie Dominquez, & Josh Feingold
SESAC New York Awards
(Left to right) SESAC's Trevor Gale, Bale'wa Muhammad
and Nate "Danja" Hills
SESAC New York Awards
SESAC's Trevor Gale, Paul Shaffer (Legacy Award winner) SESAC'S Freddie Gershon (Co-Chairman) and SESAC's Linda Lorence Critelli.
SESAC New York Awards
Pat Collins (President/COO, SESAC), Trevor Gale, Nate “Danja” Hills (Songwriter of the Year & Song of the Year recipient), James Leach and Linda Lorence Critelli.
SESAC New York Awards
Kendrick Dean, Bryan-Michael Cox, Paul Shaffer
and Nate "Danja" Hills

NEW YORK –Songwriter/producer Nate “Danja” Hills took home top honors when he was named Songwriter of the Year at SESAC’s 12th annual New York Music Awards held May 8 at Manhattan’s gorgeous Chelsea Piers. The award was in recognition of his astonishing array of hits in the last year including smashes by Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and 50 Cent.

Hills also was the recipient of another of the evening’s big accolades earning the Song of the Year award for his smash hit, “Say It Right,” as recorded by Nelly Furtado.

Since establishing himself as one of music’s most in-demand songwriters/producers, Hills has realized the kind of success not often witnessed. Propelled by his songwriting and production work on Justin Timberlake’s groundbreaking FutureSex/LoveSounds CD, Hills soon scored with his songwriting/production work on Nelly Furtado’s Loose project and the CD’s smash, “Say It Right.” Hills, who shared Songwriter of the Year honors in 2007 with Bryan-Michael Cox, also soared up the charts recently with his contribution to Timbaland’s hit, “The Way I Are” and “Give It To Me”, 50 Cent’s “Ayo Technology” and Justin Timberlake’s hit parade of “What Goes Around…Comes Around,” “Summer Love,” “Until The End Of Time” and “LoveStoned.” Hills also won a “Best Dance Recording” GRAMMY Award in 2008 for his production/songwriting work on Timberlake’s “LoveStoned/I Think She Knows” work.

For the sixth consecutive year, SESAC Publisher of the Year honors went to WBM Music Corp.

In addition to Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year honors, SESAC gave the prestigious SESAC Legacy Award to songwriter, musician and “Late Show With David Letterman” bandleader, Paul Shaffer. The award is in honor of Shaffer’s outstanding contribution to the music and entertainment world.

The 2008 awards celebration drew more than 500 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals. The star-studded attendees including Nate “Danja” Hills, Bryan-Michael Cox, Swizz Beatz, Chrisette Michele and Jack Knight among many others. There were more than 50 songwriter and publisher award recipients in the categories of Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop, and Rock.

Billboard Magazine was the event’s primary sponsor.  Other major sponsors included SPIN Magazine & SunTrust.

 

SESAC Award Recipients:

 
Songwriter of the Year:
Nate “Danja” Hills


Song of the Year:
“Say It Right”
Recorded by Nelly Furtado
Written by: Nate “Danja” Hills

SESAC Publisher of the Year:
WBM Music Corp.

“Say It Right”
Artist: Nelly Furtado
Songwriter(s): Nate “Danja” Hills
Publisher: Danjahandz Muz WBM Music Corp.

“The Way I Are”
Artist: Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson
Songwriter(s): Nate “Danja” Hills
Bale’wa Muhammad
Publisher: Danjahandz Muzik
Jahqae Joints
Universal-PolyGram Intl. Tunes, Inc.
WBM Music Corp.

“Give It To Me”
Artist: Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake
Songwriter(s): Nate “Danja” Hills
Publisher: Danjahandz Muzik
WBM Music Corp.

“What Goes Around…Comes Around”
Artist: Justin Timberlake
Songwriter(s): Nate “Danja” Hills
Publisher: WBM Music Corp.

“Summer Love”
Artist: Justin Timberlake
Songwriter(s): Nate “Danja” Hills
Publisher: Danjahandz Muzik
WBM Music Corp.

“Let It Go”
Artist: Keyshia Cole
Songwriter(s): Jack Knight
Publisher: 2 Daughters Music
Christian Combs Music
Foray Music Inc.

“Last Night”
Artist: Diddy featuring Keyshia Cole
Songwriter(s): Jack Knight
Publisher: 2 Daughters Music
Christian Combs Music
Foray Music Inc.

“Until The End Of Time”
Artist: Justin Timberlake
Songwriter(s): Nate “Danja” Hills
Publisher: Danjahandz Muzik
WBM Music Corp.

“Like A Boy”
Artist: Ciara
Songwriter(s): Bale’wa Muhammad
Publisher: Jahqae Joints
Universal-PolyGram Intl. Tunes, Inc.

“Ice Box”
Artist: Omarion
Songwriter(s): Omarion
Publisher: Mr. Grandberry OS Music
Foray Music Inc.

“I’m A Flirt”
Artist: R. Kelly featuring Bow Wow
Songwriter(s): Bow Wow
Publisher: Shago Music Inc.

 “Lovestoned”
Artist: Justin Timberlake
Songwriter(s): Nate “Danja” Hills
Publisher: Danjahandz Muzik
WBM Music Corp.

“Ayo Technology”
Artist: 50 Cent
Songwriter(s): Nate “Danja” Hills
Publisher: Danjahandz Music
WBM Music Corp.

“Like This”
Artist: Kelly Rowland
Songwriter(s): Jason Perry
Publisher: Jason’s Lyrics
Reach Global Tunes
 

“Get Me Bodied”
Artist: Beyonce
Songwriter(s): Swizz Beatz
Publisher: Monza Ronza
Universal Tunes

“Anonymous”
Artist: Bobby Valentino
Songwriter(s): Bale’wa Muhammad
Publisher: Jahqae Joints
Universal-PolyGram Intl. Tunes, Inc.

“My Drink N’ My 2 Step”
Artist: Cassidy featuring Swizz Beatz
Songwriter(s): Swizz Beatz
Publisher: Monza Ronza
Universal Tunes

“Tambourine”
Artist: Eve
Songwriter(s): Swizz Beatz
Publisher: Monza Ronza
Universal Tunes

“Sowing Season (Yeah)”
Artist: Brand New
Songwriter(s): Vincent Accardi Jesse Lacey
Publisher: Gut Bloodfoot Music
All Night Chemist Music
Phattyhooz Music
Universal Music Z Melodies
Nahbrah Music

“The Running Free”
Artist: Coheed and Cambria
Songwriter(s): Claudio Sanchez
Publisher: the bag on line adventures

“Thinking About You”
Artist: Nora Jones
Songwriter(s): Ilhan Ersahin
Publisher: Tatu Music

“Die Die Die”
Artist: The Avett Brothers
Songwriter(s): Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford
Publisher: Nemoivmusic
First Big Snow Publishing
Truth Comes True Publishing
Ramseur Family Fold Music

“My Curse”
Artist: Killswitch Engage
Songwriter(s): Mike Antonio, Adam Dutkiewicz, Joel Stroetzel
Publisher: Killswitch Engage Music
WBM Music Corp.

“The Sons Of Cain”
Artist: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Songwriter(s): Ted Leo
Publisher: Huan Hound of Valinor
Songs Music Publishing

“Teardrops On My Guitar”
Artist: Taylor Swift
Songwriter: Liz Rose
Publisher: Hillsboro Valley Songs
Sony/ATV Timber Publishing