The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 30th annual Pop Music Awards. The star-studded event, which was attended by hundreds of songwriters, recording artists and music industry leaders, paid special tribute to Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith and producer Diplo, and honored the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2012 pop charts.
Prolific producer and DJ Diplo was honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award. The ASCAP Vanguard Award recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music. Past ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include The All-American Rejects, Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Beastie Boys, Beck, Björk, Jack Johnson, The Killers, Modest Mouse and The Strokes.