Michelle Williams, Swizz Beats and More Honor Songwriters at SESAC Pop Awards


Swizz beatz, michelle williams, and rico love at the SESAC awards

Swizz Beatz, Michelle Williams, and Rico Love at the SESAC awards.

“What’s a song without lyrics?” This question echoed throughout the evening as the 2013 SESAC Pop Music Awards honored songwriters with heartfelt speeches, musical performances and fine dining.

Some of the industry’s biggest names—Michelle Williams, Swizz Beatz, Melanie Fiona—praised the pens behind the hits. “People like Whitney Houston and Luther Vandross didn’t write their songs, but they connected to people and they had writers gifted enough to tell their story in a way that was believable,” said PJ Morton, a R&B songwriter and Maroon 5’s newest keyboardist. Rico Love, Nate “Danja” Hills, Nikhil Seetharam, Jacob Luttrell, Psy and more were recognized for writing hit songs in 2012.