Thursday, April 30, 2015
KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons were honored with the ASCAP Founders Award at the 32nd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Hollywood on Wednesday.
“A HUGE honor,” posted Stanley. “Thank you.”
“Paul & I received ASCAP Founders Award from Dave Grohl,” added Simmons. “Thank you, Dave. Great night.”
The ASCAP Founders Award goes to pioneering ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators.
Past recipients of the honor include Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, and Neil Young.
KISS have sold over 100 million albums worldwide in their 40-year career and have 28 gold albums – the most of any American rock band.
The ASCAP Pop Music Awards also honored The Doobie Brothers with the ASCAP Voice of Music Award – recognizing ASCAP members whose music gives voice to the spirit of a generation, while newcomer St. Vincent was presented wth ASCAP's Vanguard Award – celebrating the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music.
KISS continue their extended 40th anniversary tour this month with a series of concerts in South America before heading to Europe for shows starting May 29 in Munich, Germany.
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