Imagine Dragons’ lead vocalist Dan Reynolds will be the recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s (SHOF) prestigious Hal David Starlight Award, to be presented at the 45th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner on June 12 at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Reynolds is the co-writer of all of the songs recorded by the Grammy-winning rock band, including "It's Time," "Radioactive," "Demons," "On Top of the World" and "Bleeding Out."
"Dan Reynolds is a dream ticket for the Songwriters Hall of Fame Starlight Award," said SHOF chairman Jimmy Webb in announcing the award this morning.
"He has helped create truly contemporary rock n' roll with the band Imagine Dragons. A sound at once musically literate and issue-driven yet founded on solid composition and songwriting. We are extremely happy to join Dan with the other distinguished alumni who have received the Starlight."
The Hal David Starlight Award was created in 2004 and is named for the late SHOF chairman emeritus Hal David, in honor of his longtime support of young songwriters. Award recipients are gifted young songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs.
Past Starlight Award winners include Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, John Legend, John Rzeznik, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Drake, Ne-Yo and Benny Blanco.
This year’s SHOF inductees are Ray Davies, Donovan, Graham Gouldman, Mark James and Jim Weatherly.
In addition, the legendary songwriting team of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, a.k.a. Gamble and Huff, will receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s (SHOF) prestigious Johnny Mercer Award, while music industry executive Doug Morris will receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award.
The SHOF is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world. Besides celebrating songwriters, it educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships.
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