On Tuesday (Sept. 19), the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC) held their annual awards ceremony, which saw the likes of Jimmy Napes, Bryan-Michael Cox, Burna Boy, Dez Wright, and Malibu Babie being acknowledged for their many accomplishments behind the scenes.
“We are honored to celebrate our songwriters and publishers across multiple genres,” said the organization’s Performing Rights Chief Creative Officer Sam Kling in a statement. “SESAC is proud of its affiliates who continue to write chart-topping hits, and we enjoy every opportunity we get to celebrate their achievements.”
One of the biggest winners of the night was Jack Harlow, who scored two SESAC Performance Awards for “Nail Tech” and the Drake-assisted “Churchill Downs.” He was also given Song of the Year honors for the chart-topping “First Class” and Songwriter of the Year, the latter of which was given to the Louisville star for the third consecutive time.
“I just wanna say I really wish I could be at the awards this year. I had a great time last year and I’m looking forward to having a great time at future awards,” Harlow said in response to the momentous achievement on Wednesday (Sept. 20). “I wanna say I’m really grateful for the Songwriter of the Year Award and the Song of the Year Award. I don’t take it lightly at all. It’s an amazing honor and I love sharing it with my family… I’m really proud to be a part of SESAC. I’ve been a part of SESAC since I was a teenager and it happened by chance. It’s become one of the biggest blessings in my life. I feel like I’m apart of a company that prioritizes me and prioritizes their artists. It’s a special place to be.”
Based in Nashville, TN, SESAC is the second-oldest performance rights organization in the United States. The company boasts 30,000 songwriters and more than 1 million compositions in its catalog.
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