The SESAC awards are held each year in NYC and it proves to be the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization and it includes the songwriters, producers, industry executives, and artists of the past year. This year was no exception. Some of the biggest names behind the scenes and in the spotlight strutted the red carpet.
This year’s SESAC awards were held in the New York Public Library and this year saw some new faces grace the red carpet: Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child, producer Swizz Beatz and Nate “Danja” Hills and some familiar faces as well: producer Angela Hunte and songwriter and producer Rico Love.
Daniel Glass, music executive, CEO and Founder of Glassnote Records and the recipient of this year’s “Visionary Award” mentioned that he was honored and humbled to be a part of so many songwriters and publishers. Glassnote is the home to Mumford and Sons and Temper Trap just to name a few. Rolling Stone named Glassnote Records as label of the year in 2011. “There are certain benchmarks in your life and being mentioned in Rolling Stone was one of them,” Glass said as he entered the awards show.
Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child says the trio is officially over despite a performance at this year’s Superbowl. She tells her followers to stay focused and to be consistent, and don’t listen to the naysayers that you are not good enough.
Newcomer Andy Allo, who got a little help from Prince to help her produce second album Superconductor. She claims that he was not a huge influence on her, but nonetheless learned so much from him calling Prince “a genius”. Her soul inspired funk album, “Superconductor” is out now.
Nate “Danja” Hills recently produced the new Chris Brown album and Luke James project. He always says that a solo project of his own has always been on his mind.
Finally, Angela Hunte, producer of Snoop Lion’s new album, “Reincarnated”, had a baby this past year and thus had to push back her own solo project, but promises that it will be out this year.