ASCAP Pop Music Awards Honor Tom Petty, fun., Max Martin
Tom Petty’s songs cut right to the chase with a direct, take no prisoners attitude. The instantly memorable choruses to his classics — “American Girl,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down” among them — are ingrained in the American culture. Petty has always been an artist who does things on his own terms. That vision and resolution to remain true and honest earned him the ASCAP Founders Award last night at the organization’s 31st Annual Pop Music Awards, held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.
“All of us are here because of songs,” Petty said to the room full of aspiring music creators, award-winning songwriters, recording artists and industry executives. “It’s long, lonely work. You sit there waiting for magic. But magic is always a trick. But with a song, it’s really magic. Suddenly some cosmic line is open and then in minutes it appears and you’re singing it. It makes people happy and makes them feel good. It brings people out of comas. It does so many great things.”
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