(CelebrityAcccess MediaWire) —
R&B songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox once again was named Songwriter of the Year at SESAC's ninth annual New York Music Awards on May 5 at Studio 450. Song of the Year honors went to "Burn," the huge, multi-format hit single from Usher that was one of 2004's most performed song in any format.
With a long history of hits for artists ranging from Nivea, Ginuwine, B2K, Mariah Carey, Lil Mo, Usher, Jagged Edge and Monica, Cox was named SESAC's Songwriter of the Year for the fifth consecutive year at the annual event.
For the third consecutive year, SESAC Publisher of the Year honors went to WBM Music Corp. SESAC gave the prestigious SESAC Legacy Award guitarist/songwriter Jerry Cantrell, celebrating his contribution to the rock genre through his groundbreaking, multi-platinum work with Alice in Chains and beyond.
This year's awards celebration was attended by more than 300 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals. Cox was among more than 40 songwriter and publisher award recipients in the categories of pop, R&B/hip-hop, and rock. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen