We’d like to congratulate TuneGO Producer, Desmond Child! He will be presented with ASCAP’s Founders Award at the 35th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 23 in Los Angeles.
The ASCAP Founders Award goes to pioneering ASCAP songwriters who made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their creative community. Past recipients including Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Patti Smith, James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Billy Joel, Neil Young, Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, Carly Simon and Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson to name a few.
“Desmond is one of the most respected and successful songwriters in the world,” said ASCAP President Paul Williams. “His unique ability to capture the essence of our lives through song — whether we’re livin’ la vida loca or livin’ on a prayer — is simply unequaled. We are honored to present Desmond with the ASCAP Founders Award in recognition of his towering achievements. With #1 hits spanning five decades now, Desmond surely has many more milestones still to come.”
Child’s peers also are some of his biggest fans. KISS’ Gene Simmons once said, “Desmond is the perfect songwriter. Neither styles in music nor trends and fads have ever held him back from doing what he does best, which is craft a song like nobody else.” Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler said, “The guy’s a f**king genius!” Reflecting on Child, longtime collaborator Jon Bon Jovi has said, “The Desmond you don’t know about is the one who not only taught me the next level of songwriting but so many of the true aspects of friendship: truth, honor, and loyalty.”