NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Nate "Danja" Hills won top honors at the 14th Annual SESAC New York Music Awards when he was named Songwriter of the Year according to Variety. Hills also claimed the Song of the Year kudo for ‘Knock You Down,’ the Keri Hilson hit that topped Billboard's r&b/hip hop song chart.
Wednesday night’s festivities at Gotham's IAC Building featured Russell Simmons presentation of the Inspiration Award to artist/songwriter/producer Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean for his disaster aid effort, ‘Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour),’ co-written and co-produced with U2's Bono, who recorded the top-selling iTunes download with Jay-Z and Rihanna according to Variety.
SESAC Publisher of the Year honors went to Danjahandz Muzik, the publishing company for Hills, who has worked with Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Nelly Furtado.
The 2010 awards fete doled out more than 40 songwriter and publisher awards in the categories of pop, r&b/hip-hop and rock, with more than 400 songwriters, publishers and other assorted music pros in attendance according to Variety.
For a complete list of the winners, go to www.sesac.com. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers