The ASCAP Global Impact Award is intended to recognize the lasting and widespread popularity of ASCAP members and their music. Over the course of her 13-year music career, Del Rey has been thrice nominated for Grammy awards and achieved both commercial and critical success. Four of the singer’s albums have broken into the top 2 of the Billboard 200 and she has reached the Billboard Hot 100 charts 11 times, including her top 10 hit, “Summertime Sadness.”
“Although Lana Del Rey is the recipient of the ASCAP Global Impact Award this year, her sparkling soundscapes and crisp storytelling are anything but of this world. Lana’s art allows us to step into a technicolor dream, where endless possibility is the only rule. Lana casts an ethereal glow across all she touches, leaving us all excited for whatever spellbinding path she ventures on next,” ASCAP President Paul Williams said.
Portugal. The Man
The same evening, ASCAP will also present their ASCAP Vanguard Award to Grammy Award-winning rock band Portugal. The Man. The ASCAP Vanguard Award is intended to recognize the impact of ASCAP members who are shaping the future of American music. The chart-topping indie Portugal, The Man, has been a prolific creator of music, releasing eight albums in the past decade. Their hit “Feel It Still” catapulted the group into the mainstream—generating more than 600 million streams and earning the band a top 4 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Portugal. The Man have transformed their electrically charged psychedelic rock into a platform for their earnest take on the state of the world. They have honed a sound that has achieved massive success without compromise, and it is our honor to bestow them with the ASCAP Vanguard Award, which recognizes their unique ability to keep pushing music forward,” Williams added.
The invite-only ASCAP Pop Music Awards, which recognizes the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed pop songs of 2017, will feature exclusive performances in addition to other notable VIP guests.