Carole King was honored with a special tribute performance as she was named an Icon at the Broadcast Music International (BMI) Pop Awards on Tuesday (15May12).
Singer Colbie Caillat took the stage at the Los Angeles event to deliver a soulful rendition of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow; former American Idol star Haley Reinhart sang Beautiful, and Herman's Hermits frontman Peter Noone played the band's debut single, I'm Into Something Good, which became a huge hit for the group in 1964. All three tracks were co-written by King.
Rapper Pitbull was presented with the Pop Songwriter of the Year title for his tunes Give Me Everything, Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor), I Like It, his Usher collaboration DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love, and his Jennifer Lopez duet On the Floor.
He shared the accolade with Benny Blanco, who penned hits including Katy Perry's Teenage Dream and Ke$ha's We R Who We R, and Ester Dean, who is responsible for Rihanna singles What's My Name?, Rude Boy and S&M, Nicki Minaj's Super Bass and Perry's Firework.
Firework was also named Pop Song of the Year, while Universal Music Publishing Group landed the Pop Publisher of the Year prize.