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Continued: Sting, Billy Joel attend Songwriters Hall of Fame, where Elton John, Aerosmith, more inducted

  • Article by: MESFIN FEKADU , AP Music Writer
  • Last update: June 14, 2013 - 9:35 AM

"Did you know all the joy you'd be bringing," he sang. Some of the cast of "Motown: The Musical" followed with a medley of classics.

Benny Blanco, the 25-year-old who has co-written No. 1 hits for Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Ke$ha, earned the Hal David Starlight award.

"They picked the wrong person," said Blanco, who has also worked with Khalifa, Nicki Minaj and Bruno Mars. "I'm in a room with people I should probably be serving food to."

The event also featured a video from Clinton, who spoke about the significance of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" during the Civil Rights Movement. The song, performed by Jordin Sparks, was honored with the towering song award.

The night also paid tribute to Hal David, who died last year, and Phil Ramone, who died in March.

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