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Rock Band Queen Honored at BMI London Awards

Queen - 1976
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Queen in 1976

"Harry Potter," "Prince of Persia," the "CSI" franchise" and "Dexter" were among the film and television music honorees.

LONDON – All four members of rock band Queen were honored Tuesday as BMI Icons at the U.S. performing right organization’s annual London Awards.

The ceremony toasts European and Asian songwriters, composers and music publishers for performances on American radio and television.

Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor were on hand fresh from an appearance Monday night at London’s Groucho Club where they launched a posh coffee table book called “40 Years of Queen.”

The band’s other honorees were vocalist Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991, and bassist John Deacon, who retired in the 1990s. Queen joins previous BMI Icons including Donovan, Peter Gabriel, Don Black, Bryan Ferry, Ray Davies and Van Morrison.

Other records lauded at the black-tie event at the Dorchester Hotel on London’s Park Lane included Irish band The Script’s “Breakeven,” which won the BMI Robert S. Musel Award for Song of the Year. Andrew Frampton (PRS) and band members Daniel O’Donoghue (PRS/IMRO) and Mark Sheehan (PRS/IMRO) co-wrote the song, which was published by BMG Chrysalis (PRS).

The College Song of the Year prize went to Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart,” co-written by Fraser T. Smith and published by BMG Chrysalis (PRS), and Dance Song of the Year was club hit “Stereo Love,” written and recorded by Romanian musician Edward Maya (PRS/UCMR-ADA) and Vika Jigulina (PRS), and published by Media Services International (UCMR-ADA).

Film and television music also was honored, as follows:

FILM MUSIC AWARDS

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Alexandre Desplat (SACEM)

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Harry Gregson-Williams (PRS)

Shrek Forever After
Harry Gregson-Williams (PRS)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
David Arnold (PRS)

The King's Speech
Alexandre Desplat (SACEM)

The Town
David Buckley (PRS)
Harry Gregson-Williams (PRS)

Tron: Legacy
Daft Punk (PRS/SACEM)

Unstoppable
Harry Gregson-Williams (PRS)

TV MUSIC AWARDS

America's Got Talent
Jos Jorgensen (PRS)
Andy Love (PRS)

CSI
Pete Townshend (PRS)

CSI: Miami
Pete Townshend (PRS)
Kevin Kiner

CSI: NY
Pete Townshend (PRS)
Bill Brown

Grey's Anatomy
Carim Clasmann (PRS)
Galia Durant (PRS)

House
3D (PRS)
Daddy G (PRS)
Mushroom (PRS)

$#*! My Dad Says
Nick Hornby (PRS)
Ben Folds

The Amazing Race
Christopher Franke (GEMA)
Vaughn Johson
Lee Sanders

The Good Wife
David Buckley (PRS)

CABLE MUSIC AWARD

Dexter
Rolfe Kent (PRS)
Daniel Licht