Dido among ASCAP U.K. honorees
Dario Marianelli, Jonny Greenwood also awardedLONDON -- English pop singer Dido and Oscar-winning composer Dario Marianelli were among the artists honored at ASCAP's U.K. awards ceremony Wednesday night.
Dido, whose third album, "Safe Trip Home," will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 18, was named songwriter of the year for her songs "Thank You," from her 2001 debut album, and "White Flag," from her second in 2003.
Marianelli, whose upcoming films include Joe Wright's "The Soloist," received a film prize for his Academy Award-winning score to "Atonement" and for "The Brave One."
"Put Your Records On," written by John Beck and Steve Chrisanthou and recorded by Corinne Bailey Rae, won song of the year and EMI Music Publishing U.K. managing director Guy Moot was named publisher of the year.
The awards reflect U.S. performances by members of Britain's Performing Rights Society licensed by ASCAP.
Other awards went to Adrian Johnston for "Becoming Jane," Nick Hooper for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," Howard Goodall for "Mr. Bean's Holiday" and Jonny Greenwood for "There Will Be Blood."
Television prizes were handed to Cathy Dennis, Julian Gingell and Barry Stone for "American Idol," Elizabeth Fraser for "House," Dan McGrath and Josh Philips for "Dancing With the Stars" and Keith and Matthew Strachan for "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."
Special awards also were presented to the Kooks and Kate Nash during a banquet at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
The evening featured a performance by rock legends Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, who wrote songs such as "Let's Go Get Stoned," "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."