Ellie Goulding was honored on the 2022 BMI London Awards final night time (October 3), taking house the BMI President’s Award.
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The trophy was offered to the British pop star by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and sees Goulding be part of an elite group of recipients that embrace the likes of Think about Dragons, Noel Gallagher, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and lots of extra.
“I’ve by no means received something like this earlier than and it means a lot to me,” the star mentioned whereas amassing the award. “I moved out of my house after I was 16 and I form of began then. And I felt I had a lot to lose making a dwelling out of one thing that everybody informed me was positively unattainable.
“Within the UK significantly, and as a girl, it’s kind of ingrained into you that ambition is a nasty factor and it’s not very cool, but it surely shouldn’t be. Ambition is a vital ingredient for what all of us do, and together with the expertise and a little bit of luck, for anybody who hopes of a long-lasting profession, in a extremely robust trade really, it’s important, so to anybody who’s on their approach there, please don’t hearken to these individuals who have something to say about you wanting larger and higher since you deserve it.”
Goulding concluded her impassioned speech by highlighting the facility of music in occasions of battle. “In a world now that wants pressing motion, in a rustic that calls for empathy, might music play its half in empowering others to start,” she mentioned.
In the course of the ceremony, the acclaimed artist – who has now received 17 BMI Awards – additionally carried out the tracks “Girl” and “New Heights,” each of which appeared on her 2020 album, Brightest Blue. She was accompanied by a pianist and backing vocalists for the efficiency, which acquired a standing ovation from the group.
Earlier this yr, Goulding returned together with her new single “Simple Lover,” which featured rapper Massive Sean. After its launch, the star recruited 4 Tet to remix the monitor, turning it right into a pulsating membership banger.
“I wrote ‘Simple Lover’ in LA with Julia Michaels after conversations in regards to the age outdated story of being infatuated by somebody cool and delightful realizing that they are going to by no means fairly really feel the identical,” the star mentioned of the monitor upon its launch.
“It’s about going again to the identical harmful individual to really feel alive when they’ve damage individuals repeatedly earlier than you. Having the legendary Greg Kurstin produce any track of mine is all the time a dream come true. He all the time understands the task!”
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