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Paul Rodgers Lands ASCAP 2010 Songwriter Award

LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Paul Rodgers has won the ASCAP 2010 Songwriting Award for his song "Bad Company" which hit #1 on the charts last year after being covered by Five Finger Death Punch. The prize was awarded in London on November 2nd, and was accepted by Rodgers son, musician Steve Rodgers as Paul Rodgers was in New York City for a gig at the Beacon Theater with Joe Bonamassa.

Rodgers originally co-wrote the song with drummer Simon Kirke in 1974 when he was frontman for the eponymously named band Bad Company. The album hit #1 on the Billboard charts and the original single tracked up to #2. The song also has the distinction of being the first self-titled song, where a band's name was also the title of a composition. Other acts to follow Rodgers concept include Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Motorhead.

Rodgers, who has founded and fronted 3 successful bands, including Bad Company, Free and The Firm, most recently served as lead singer for Queen, touring as Queen & Paul Rodgers. Rodgers also has a new solo, studio effort in the works for 20112.

"In 2012, I'll be focused on writing and recording so I'll only play a few select shows, and I may well include a new song or two just to play them in before they are recorded. This is something I like to do because playing live gives me a somewhat different perspective on the dynamics of the song," Rodgers said. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers