‘California Gurlz’ Composers Win Songwriting Of The Year Honors

LOS ANGELES (AP)  — Two of the year’s most prolific hitmakers, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and Max Martin, are the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ songwriters of the year.

The two men, who are responsible for such hits as Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurlz,” took top honors Wednesday at ASCAP’s 28th annual Pop Music Awards. Train frontman Pat Monahan won song of the year for “Hey, Soul Sister.”

EMI Music Publishing was named publisher of the year. Rod Stewart, Band of Horses and Randy Bachman were also honored at the private ceremony at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel.

Ke$ha, Adam Lambert, Taio Cruz and Darren Criss of “Glee” were among the night’s presenters and performers.

ASCAP is a performing rights organization with more than 400,000 members.

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