Johnny Rotten Gets BMI Icon Award

John Lydon

Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?

 Broadcast Music, Inc.(R) (BMI(R)), the global leader in music rights management, tonight presented the BMI Icon Award to music legend John Lydon at the 2013 BMI London Awards. Music industry guests filled London’s Dorchester Hotel to celebrate the U.K., European and Asian songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs on United States radio and television in the past year.

 John Lydon (PRS) was named BMI Icon because of his “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” and joins a list of past honorees including Queen, Ray Davies, Steve Winwood, Van Morrison, Donovan, Don Black and Bryan Ferry, among others.

 Asked by Rolling Stone “how it feels to be hailed as an icon” (talk about softball questions), Lydon replied, “Fantastic. When you’re offered these things, you have to be sensible and see them as somewhat of a challenge. I’ve always got the thing in mind of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – that was something that I bitterly detested and rejected. This is slightly more serious, and it’s very interesting that it’s the British music industry saying, “Well done, John.” I think I’ve done a lot for this country, so it’s quite nice for that to be noted.”

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