ASCAP appoints Dr. Luke named “Songwriter of the Year” amid a decade-long legal battle with Kesha

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ASCAP has Dr. Luke was named Songwriter of the Year at the 40th Annual Pop Awards despite his decades-long legal battle with Kesha.

Lukasz Gottwald, better known as Dr. Luke, was named Songwriter of the Year at the 40th annual ASCAP Pop Awards for the third time. The producer received the award for his hit contributions over the past year, including Doja Cat’s “Need to Know,” Latto’s “Big Energy,” and Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl.”

according to a Publication of ASCAPdr Luke’s win is based on a mathematical formula derived from the performing rights organization’s metric: “An author’s total number of shares in ASCAP Pop Music Award-winning songs multiplied by winning songs’ impressions, calculated based on Luminate data.” be.” of radio and streaming.”

However, dr. Luke’s victory was disputed amid sexual assault allegations and a nearly decade-long legal battle with singer Kesha. That year saw him win songwriter of the year for the first time since the scandal began in 2014. The producer is currently suing Kesha for defamation, with the final trial scheduled for July 26 in New York.

Previously, Dr. Luke won the award in 2010 and 2011. He is tied with Lionel Richie on three wins, but Diane Warren and Max Martin have beaten them by five and 11 wins, respectively. Other wins at the 2023 ASCAP Pop Awards include Justin Bieber’s “The Kid LAROI” and “Stay,” which won Song of the Year Awards, while Sony Music Publishing won Publisher of the Year Awards.

Meanwhile, Kesha’s latest record, muzzlewas released on Friday (May 19) – her latest project, which was led by Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records to be released.

“I feel like there’s been an implicit gag order for a very long time,” the singer said called. “With my ongoing legal battle hanging over me, I have not been able to speak freely knowing that everything I say will be scrutinized.”