Songwriter and producer Benny Blanco will be the recipient of the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award, to be presented at the 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 13th . Blanco joins the prestigious company of Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, John Legend, John Rzeznik, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Drake and Ne-Yo.
Blanco is the 25-year-old songwriting genius and producer who has already made an indelible mark on the contemporary pop-music scene with 15 #1 hit singles to his name. Blanco has co-written chart-toppers for Rihanna (“Diamonds”), Katy Perry (“Teenage Dream,” “California Gurls”), Maroon 5 ("Moves Like Jagger,” “Payphone"), Britney Spears (“Circus”), Taio Cruz ("Dynamite"), Ke$ha (“TiK ToK,” “Die Young”) and Gym Class Heroes ("Stereo Hearts"). In the studio, he has collaborated with music heavyweights No Doubt, Bruno Mars, OneRepublic, Nicki Minaj and Paul Epworth.
In early 2012, Blanco received the Songwriter of the Year Award at the BMI Pop Awards and has successfully solidified a firm presence on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his genre-hopping work with Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, Marina and The Diamonds and many other artists.