Music to their ears
Empty'Marc (Shaiman) is a man for whom the word 'irrepressible' was probably coined," ASCAP's Marilyn Bergman said during the organization's 22nd annual Film and Television Music Awards, held April 17 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, where Shaiman's longtime collaborators Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal presented him with the Henry Mancini Award, praising his versatility and knowledge of music. "He has this encyclopedic mind for music," Crystal said. "I started calling him 'Rain Jew.'" Other highlights of the event -- which honored the composers and song-writers of 2006's top boxoffice film music and most performed TV music -- included a presentation to Erran Baron Cohen, who composed the music for 2006's "Borat," by his brother Sacha Baron Cohen, as well as remarks by Ginny Mancini, who accepted an award on behalf of her late husband, Henry Mancini, for his original theme for 1964's "The Pink Panther."
The following night, ASCAP celebrated its 24th annual Pop Music Awards, where Jackson Browne presented Melissa Etheridge with the Founders Award for her pioneering contributions to music. "It's not just how you use your voice -- it's what you use it for," Browne said.