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Kesha + Pitbull Earn 2012 BMI Awards for Songwriting Efforts

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Kesha and Pitbull were among the honorees at the 60th Annual BMI Pop Awards in Beverly Hills last night. Pitbull received one of the three prestigious Songwriter of the Year awards, along with pop hitmakers Benny Blanco and Ester Dean.

Pitbull was recognized for his songwriting contributions to ‘DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,’ ‘Give Me Everything,’ ‘Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor),’ ‘I Like It’ and ‘On the Floor,’ all of which soared up the charts in the past two years. Dean wrote hits like Katy Perry‘s ‘Firework’ and Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Super Bass,’ while Blanco helped write Kesha’s We R Who We R’ and ‘Blow.’

Those Kesha songs were among a batch of tracks that earned recognition for being among last year’s most-played hits. Others on the list included Taylor Swift‘s ‘Mine,’ Rihanna‘s ‘S&M,’ and Britney Spears‘ ‘Till the World Ends,’ a song written by Kesha. ‘Firework,’ written by Dean with Sandy Vee, was named Pop Song of the Year.

Haley Reinhart and Colbie Caillat were on hand to honor Carole King, who received the BMI Icon Award for her lasting influence on the world of popular music. Reinhart performed King’s song ‘Beautiful,’ while Caillat sang ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.’

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