ASCAP to honor Ann and Nancy Wilson

Sisters receiving Founders Award in April

NEW YORK -- The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publisher (ASCAP) will honor Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson with the ASCAP Founders Award during its 26th Annual Pop Music Awards, which will take place in Los Angeles on April 22.

"Ann and Nancy Wilson have made an indelible mark on rock music history," ASCAP president and chairman Marilyn Bergman said. "Their success and influence helped pave the way for other female artists, and they continue to build their musical legacy with an artistic energy that remains as strong today as when they first started out over 35 years ago. They are true musical trailblazers and ASCAP is extremely proud to honor them with the Founders Award."

During their 35-year career, Heart has sold more than 30 million records, had 21 top 40 hits, sold out arenas worldwide and had a profound influence on rock music, according to the ASCAP. The group is currently on their latest U.S. tour, and they will be hitting the studio this year to record what will be their 14th album.

Past recipients of the ASCAP Founders award include Ashford & Simpson, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Melissa Etheridge, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Smokey Robinson, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

The award event is invitation only and will be held in the Hollywood Hotel. It is part of "ASCAP I Create Music Week" -- an entire week of events being held in Los Angeles to celebrate the voice of the music creator.