This month Ne-Yo was honored at the The 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Ne-Yo recieved the Hal David Starlight Award, which is presented to young songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry with their original songs. (Drake received the same award last year.) Hip-hop artist and producer Swizz Beatz presented Ne-Yo’s award. Ne-Yo said he was humbled by the award, accepting it with “100% gratitude.” Before an incredible performance of his hit, “So Sick,” Ne-Yo told the audience that he is so appreciative that he is able to do what he feels like he was born to do. “Looking at the people I’m standing amongst, I have so far to go still,” he said. “The man who wrote ‘The Gambler’ is here.” Other notables who came out to support Ne-Yo included Clive Davis, Aretha Franklin and Adrienne Bailon.
This year’s Towering Song Award, presented to the creators of an individual song that has influenced our culture in a unique way over many years, was presented to Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber and Ben E. King for “Stand By Me.”Take 6 performed a stunning a capella rendition in honor of the chart topping hit with King lending his iconic voice.
The 43rd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner was truly a spectacular evening with incredible performances to remember that celebrate outstanding songwriters in the music industry. For those lucky to attend, it was a night one will never forget.