Van Morrison will be honored as a BMI ICON at the performing rights organization's annual London Awards on October 5 in the Grand Ballroom of the Dorchester Hotel.
Morrison, who is a member of both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, will be honored for his "enduring influence on generations of music makers." He joins a distinguished list of previous BMI ICONs, including James Brown, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Little Richard, Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, Bill Anderson, Dolly Parton, and Brian Wilson.
The BMI London Awards recognizes the European songwriters and publishers of the most played songs on U.S. radio and television in the past year and in a variety of music formats. The Robert J. Musel Award will be presented to the writer and publisher of the most performed song of the year. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen