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The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards took place on Friday, December 2nd in Las Vegas. This year’s event was held again at the Wynn Casino. With a celebration of the biggest moments from this year's season of NASCAR and to celebrate this year's NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson.

The evening’s musical lineup included sixteen-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, along with award-winning musical artists American Authors, Skylar Grey and Olivia Holt. Grammy-nominated actor, comedian and radio personality Jay Mohr returns to host the black-tie celebration for the sixth time.

The film nominations have been announced for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards, and the musical "La La Land" leads in nominations this year with 12.

Along with scoring a Best Picture nod, "La La Land" earned nominations for the movie's stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The indie smash hit, "Moonlight," and the Amy Adam's "Arrival" followed in second place with 10 nominations each.
FX's hit series, "The People v. O.J. Simpson," leads in the TV nominations, which were previously announced. Still, HBO was the network that received the most nods with 22, including five for "Game of Thrones." The Critics’ Choice Awards, honoring the best in TV and film, airs Sunday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. ET on A&E. "Silicon Valley" star T.J. Miller is set to host. Here's the complete list of film nominations for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards:

Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge , Hell or High Water, La La Land, Lion, Loving, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, Sully
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea, Joel Edgerton – Loving, Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge, Ryan Gosling – La La Land, Tom Hanks – Sully, Denzel Washington – Fences
Amy Adams – Arrival, Annette Bening – 20th Century Women , Isabelle Huppert – Elle, Ruth Negga – Loving, Natalie Portman – Jackie, Emma Stone – La La Land
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight, Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water, Ben Foster – Hell or High Water, Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea, Dev Patel – Lion, Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals
Viola Davis – Fences, Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women, Naomie Harris – Moonlight, Nicole Kidman – Lion, Janelle Monáe – Hidden Figures, Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea, Alex R. Hibbert – Moonlight, Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls, Madina Nalwanga – Queen of Katwe, Sunny Pawar - Lion, Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
20th Century Women, Fences, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight
Damien Chazelle – La La Land, Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge, Barry Jenkins – Moonlight, Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea, David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water, Denis Villeneuve – Arrival, Denzel Washington – Fences
Damien Chazelle – La La Land, Barry Jenkins - Moonlight, Yorgos Lanthimos/Efthimis Filippou – The Lobster, Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea , Jeff Nichols – Loving , Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water
Luke Davies – Lion, Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals, Eric Heisserer – Arrival, Todd Komarnicki – Sully, Allison Schroeder/Theodore Melfi – Hidden Figures, August Wilson – Fences
Stéphane Fontaine – Jackie, James Laxton – Moonlight, Seamus McGarvey – Nocturnal Animals, Linus Sandgren – La La Land, Bradford Young – Arrival
Arrival – Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte/André Valade, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig/James Hambidge, Anna Pinnock Jackie – Jean Rabasse, Véronique Melery La La Land – David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco Live by Night – Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
Tom Cross – La La Land, John Gilbert – Hacksaw Ridge, Blu Murray – Sully, Nat Sanders/Joi McMillon - Moonlight , Joe Walker – Arrival
Colleen Atwood – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Consolata Boyle – Florence Foster Jenkins, Madeline Fontaine – Jackie, Joanna Johnston – Allied, Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh – Love & Friendship, Mary Zophres – La La Land
Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Hacksaw Ridge, Jackie , Star Trek Beyond
A Monster Calls, Arrival, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Jungle Book
Finding Dory, Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, The Red Turtle , Trolls, Zootopia
Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool, Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, Jason Bourne
Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange, Matt Damon – Jason Bourne, Chris Evans – Captain America: Civil War, Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge, Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
Gal Gadot – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Scarlett Johansson – Captain America: Civil War, Margot Robbie – Suicide Squad, Tilda Swinton – Doctor Strange
Central Intelligence, Deadpool, Don’t Think Twice, The Edge of Seventeen, Hail, Caesar! , The Nice Guys
Ryan Gosling – The Nice Guys, Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins, Dwayne Johnson – Central Intelligence, Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic, Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship, Sally Field – Hello, My Name Is Doris, Kate McKinnon – Ghostbusters, Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen, Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins
10 Cloverfield Lane, Arrival, Doctor Strange, Don’t Breathe, Star Trek Beyond , The Witch
Elle, The Handmaiden, Julieta, Neruda , The Salesman, Toni Erdmann
Audition (The Fools Who Dream) – La La Land, Can’t Stop the Feeling – Trolls, City of Stars – La La Land, Drive It Like You Stole It – Sing, Street How Far I’ll Go - Moana, The Rules Don’t Apply – Rules Don’t Apply
Nicholas Britell – Moonlight, Jóhann Jóhannsson – Arrival, Justin Hurwitz – La La Land, Micachu – Jackie, Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka – Lion


In a ceremony held Friday at Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. in Las Vegas, Hollywood Executive and legendary Marvel Comics Creator Stan Lee received the Key to the Las Vegas Strip from Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown.
Lee was in town launching his “Respect” initiative pin at the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. retail store, and arrived to the attraction in grand style – up the Las Vegas Strip, escorted by Black Widow and S.T.A.T.I.O.N. agents. Fans stood in line for hours to meet Lee, including celebrity fan Chumlee from the hit television show “Pawn Stars.”
“I don’t think it will fit in any locks, but I’m going to carry it with me and wherever I want to go, I’m just going to hold it up and I’ll say – see, you gotta to let me in!- and I’ll see what reaction I get.” Lee said, after receiving the key. “It was a career highlight for many of us to have Stan visit Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. and launch his Respect pin with the city. We took his creations and Marvel’s cinematic universe, and brought it to life for fans from around the globe and we’re thrilled he enjoyed his time with us,” said Ron Tan, CEO/President of Victory Hill Exhibitions, the creators of the attraction.
Clark County also named Nov. 18th both “Stan Lee and Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Day” and “Hands of Respect Day” honoring his daughter J.C. for the launch of the pin.

Meryl Streep to be Honored with Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes, January 8th

Meryl Streep will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the upcoming Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced. The prolific actress, who has won eight Golden Globes and collected 29 nominations, most recently starred in Florence Foster Jenkins, directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nicholas Martin.The annual DeMille award honors those with "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment." Recent recipients include Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and Warren Beatty.
"It’s no surprise that the HFPA has chosen Meryl Streep as the recipient of the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Award," said HFPA president Lorenzo Soria in a statement.


America's Highest Honor for a Career in Film to Be Presented June 8, 2017 Tribute Will Air on TNT and Turner Classic Movies. The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that legendary actress Diane Keaton will be the recipient of the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Keaton at a Gala Tribute on June 8, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA. The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for its fifth year with Turner Broadcasting to air on TNT, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
"Diane Keaton is one of the most beloved leading ladies of American film," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair, AFI Board of Trustees. "Peerless in her mastery of both comedy and drama, she has won the world's heart time and again by creating characters of both great strength and vulnerability. Her career as a director and producer is even further evidence of her passion for the art form and her seemingly boundless talents. AFI is proud to present her with its 45th Life Achievement Award."
Diane Keaton — multifaceted actor, director, producer, author, real estate developer and photographer — can boast more than 60 diverse credits across five decades. Her iconic roles span the cinematic spectrum, from long-suffering mob wife Kay Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's THE GODFATHER (1972) to the "la-di-da" heroine of Woody Allen's ANNIE HALL (1977) — a role which earned her an Academy Award® for Best Actress and turned her into a national fashion icon. Perhaps best known for her long comedic collaboration with Allen — including PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM (1972), SLEEPER (1973), LOVE AND DEATH (1975), MANHATTAN (1979) and more — she has proved herself equally adept at dramatic roles, with powerhouse performances in films such as LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR (1977), REDS (1981), THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL (1984) and MARVIN'S ROOM (1996). During the 1980s, Keaton turned to directing — from feature narratives and documentaries to music videos and television. A perennial box office favorite, she's maintained her popular profile with films including BABY BOOM (1987), FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1991) and FATHER OF THE BRIDE II (1995), THE FIRST WIVES CLUB (1996), SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE (2003), MORNING GLORY (2010), THE BIG WEDDING (2013), AND SO IT GOES (2014) and Pixar's FINDING DORY (2016). She will continue to grace the screen with her unique presence in the upcoming HBO miniseries THE YOUNG POPE.

Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in the Holiday Season with “Grinchmas,” Merry Mischievous Minions and Delicious, All-New Hot Butterbeer, as Universal CityWalk Decks the Hall with Free Concerts and Special Appearances by Saint Nick

Theme Park’s New California Neighbor Pass Adds Christmas Cheer as Perfect Stocking Stuffers.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM as Universal Studios Hollywood™ and Universal CityWalk® deck the halls for a wintry calendar of cool holiday activities and scrumptious treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy.
A grinchy-green “Grinchmas™” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos. Holiday whimsy also will permeate throughout “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and the adjoining “Super Silly Fun Land” as a crew of very merry mischievous Minions spread Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages.
Delectable hot Butterbeer™ will complement the menu at Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub when “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood debuts this newest addition of the favorite beverage to its offerings of scrumptious fare. Like its traditional and frozen counterparts, hot Butterbeer is reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread that’s been perfectly fine-tuned as a Hogsmeade holiday treat.
Universal Plaza, the elaborate grand piazza at the heart of the theme park, will once again serve as the backdrop for the “Grinchmas” event where the towering 60 foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree will beautifully twist and spiral as the ideal photo opp for guests. “Grinchmas” runs weekends on December 3-4 and 10-11, and daily from December 16 through January 1, 2017.
As part of the fab-Who-lous event, Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will take center stage by the “Grinchmas” tree, performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style. The Who-liday Singers – a hip boy-band ensemble – will perform nightly a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock.
The spirited “Grinchmas” event will also capture guests’ imagination with a variety of inspiring activities designed to create long lasting memories. These include:
Who-ville Post Office – Visitors will have a chance to partake in the “Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes” campaign when they share their good deeds on a postcard and mail them to The Grinch. In return, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and Random House Children’s Books, the publishers of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, will pay it forward by donating a book to a child in need through First Book on behalf of the sender.
Trim up the Tree Lot – Guests can design and personalize their own “Grinchmas” ornaments to help decorate the venue’s other “Grinchmas” trees or take them home as a memorable keepsake.
Story Time with Cindy-Lou Who – Cindy-Lou Who and her Who friends will gather guests of all ages – tall and small – for an engaging storytelling show of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The spirit of “Grinchmas” also will come to life aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour with engaging performances by unforgettable Who-ville Whos re-enacting popular scenes and songs from the family favorite at the original film sets from the blockbuster film, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood are included in the price of theme park admission. More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.
The spirit of the season continues with a wintertime transformation of Universal CityWalk, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 25 through Sunday, January 1, 2017.
A spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the “5 Towers” plaza. Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and offer special photo opportunities at “5 Towers.”
The iconic, dancing water fountain situated at the heart of CityWalk also will make a splash this holiday season. This modern and impressive fountain displaying over 230 individual power jets will project streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music.
Free concert performances at “5 Towers” and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers will make CityWalk the ultimate L.A. holiday destination. Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.
To learn more about Universal Studios Hollywood and the various Annual Pass options, including the new California Neighbor Pass, please visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/tickets. Additional information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.


TORUK – The First Flight is a live immersive multimedia spectacle that brings to the stage the breathtaking world of James Cameron’s AVATAR like you have never seen it before. Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination. This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things. Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora. When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.
Cirque du Soleil TORUK – The First Flight is Cirque du Soleil’s 37th production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com. To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit http://www.onedrop.org.


Annual Gala Benefiting the MusiCares Foundation® and its Vital Safety Net of Health and Human Services Programs for Music People will be held During GRAMMY® Week on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares® Person of the Year on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the MusiCares Foundation® and The Recording Academy®, and Alexandra Patsavas, Chair of the MusiCares Foundation Board. Proceeds from the 27th annual benefit gala dinner and concert—to be held in Los Angeles during GRAMMY® Week two nights prior to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®—will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.
A three-time GRAMMY winner, Petty is being honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists' rights, and the charitable work he has undertaken throughout his career, which has notably focused on the homeless population in Los Angeles. Widely recognized by a younger generation of musicians as an example of what an engaged artist can accomplish in his field and beyond, Petty has come to represent the lasting possibilities of rock and roll.
"Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go," said Portnow. "His brand of rock and roll benefits from a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms, and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree, and we are very fortunate to have the support of our Board, past honorees, and the musical community around this special event."
"I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year. I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry," said Petty. "I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations. Again, let me say this is a true honor."
Petty formed his first bands in Gainesville, Fla. As a college town in the '60s, Gainesville brought with it fraternity parties, rock and roll clubs, AM radios playing the Beatles and James Brown, and a music store where you could buy equipment on credit. Forty years after releasing his first album, Petty is widely recognized as a man for whom those things Gainesville offered still matter the most. In each of his five decades as a recording artist, Petty has charted albums in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. His most recent recording with the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye, entered at No. 1.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Petty is an artist whose approach to record making and the business itself has earned the respect of his peers, his predecessors, and the young musicians who regularly hold him as an exemplar. His collaborators have included Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jimmy Iovine, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Rick Rubin, and Del Shannon, among others. And while his solo recordings, including 1989's Full Moon Fever and 1994's Wildflowers, are frequently ranked among the most important of their respective eras, Petty has always returned to the job he's favored: fronting one of rock and roll's most celebrated bands and bringing them enough songs for the next album.
Repeatedly confronting the inequities of the artist's side of the industry, Petty has assumed a special place as a musician looking out for other musicians, and an artist who approaches every recording project as if it might be his best. "Tom Petty is an icon whose incomparable artistry has provided inspiration to fans and musicians all over the world," said Patsavas. "To honor him with this tribute is so fitting, and we certainly look forward to an exciting and extraordinary evening."
The 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive and unparalleled selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by a dinner, the award presentation and a tribute concert featuring renowned musicians. This year, for the first time, a limited number of VIP experience tables will be available for $75,000 that include: 10 seats, artist soundcheck, red carpet access, backstage access with a meet–and-greet, access to the pre-show auction, and a special VIP lounge. The MusiCares Person of the Year tribute ceremony is one of the most prestigious events held during GRAMMY Week. The celebration culminates with the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.


The new House of Blues Anaheim – the first new House of Blues to be built in the U.S. in a decade – is set to open March 2017 – and will kick off a yearlong 25th anniversary of legendary music halls and restaurants. The first House of Blues opened in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, in November 1992. Opening 25 years later the new House of Blues Anaheim will represent the ultimate House of Blues experience, combining the best of the past with the most advanced technologies of the future.
“House of Blues Anaheim will embrace our same familiar rock and roll vibe with contemporary flourishes that ensures our musical, culinary and sensory experience fits future generations while solidly representing our historic roots,” said Ron Bension, president, House of Blues Entertainment. “The venue pays homage to the past 25 years and celebrates the next 25 to come.”
House of Blues Anaheim combines 44,000 square feet of space, more than twice the size of the former location, with live music in four unique entertainment spaces all under one roof. The main concert hall will welcome up to 2,200 concert goers yet still maintain the intimate feel that the House of Blues brand is universally recognized for. Bension said, “The room will offer ‘incredible’ sight lines, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and an opportunity for fans to get up close and personal with the performers on stage.” All four of HOB Anaheim’s entertainment and food spaces will have the most advanced sound system of any House of Blues, and the location will feature live entertainment every night.
A second live music and special event space, The Parish, will offer an even more intimate musical experience with a capacity of only 400 guests. Designed for singer/songwriters, local artists, smaller touring bands, and intimate showcases, the room can adjust to accommodate lounge seating or a standing-room configuration with optimum sight lines from every angle.
The party will continue in the legendary Foundation Room, a VIP club open to all guests most nights, which includes a spectacular culinary menu, inviting lounge, the hottest DJs, and a unique craft cocktail program. The Foundation Room membership program offers enhanced benefits such as priority ticketing providing advanced ticket purchase privileges; premium seating and dedicated concierge services for the members entire evening experience; VIP tables and bottle service; insider access to pre-concert events and after show parties; and elite status savings on dining, drinks, merchandise, and for reserving private parties.
House of Blues Restaurant and Bar will introduce the ultimate food-meets-music experience. A new menu will present a twist on soulful comfort food. The bar will span from inside to out onto a spacious open-air patio with a robust craft beer menu and a creative cocktail program. The intimate restaurant stage will welcome live music most nights. “No venue has ever combined all of this under one roof,” said Bension. “Some nights will have four bands playing in four separate performance spaces at the same time. It will truly be a 4-D live music entertainment experience.”
The first performances at House of Blues Anaheim will be announced soon with tickets on sale mid-November.
For more information, stay connected to http://houseofblues.com/anaheim


ASCAP, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, today announced that its 12th annual ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO will take place on April 13 - 15, 2017 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The premier conference for songwriters, composers, artists and producers in all music genres, ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO brings together aspiring and professional music creators to learn from some of the most successful and creative people in the music industry.

The ASCAP EXPO also unveiled a new logo and "Where Creators Connect" tagline, emphasizing the event's focus on networking and the songwriting community. Registration for the 2017 event opens on September 13 with a special two-day sale offering advance access to special opportunities like the EXPO One-on-One Sessions and Lunch Roundtable workshops. For more information visit http://www.ascap.com/expo.

Last year's ASCAP EXPO kicked off with an electrifying ASCAP Annual Membership Meeting featuring performances from Grammy and ASCAP Founders Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, chart-topping "Cheerleader" songwriter OMI and the songwriting power trio of Chris DeStefano, Brett James & Priscilla Renea (Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood's "Somethin' Bad"). Other highlights included a keynote from super-producer Timbaland, plus master sessions with today's top songwriters like Grammy-winning Rihanna ANTI co-writer James Fauntleroy; Ashley Gorley (Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley) and Greg Kurstin (Adele, Kelly Clarkson), among others. EXPO participants also heard exclusive insights and performances from Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley; songwriter and vocalist for the GRAMMY-winning group fun. Nate Ruess; musical power couple Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo; multi-platinum songwriter, solo artist and Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas and more.

Every year, ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO participants attend creative and business-focused panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, one-on-one sessions, networking events, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations and performances. The ASCAP EXPO provides music creators with an unforgettable and authentic experience - real knowledge, tools, connections and a community of support and guidance they can't find anywhere else.

Since its inception, the event has brought together music's biggest talents and most successful industry players. Previous keynote speakers include Justin Timberlake, Tom Petty, John Mayer, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Quincy Jones, Ludacris, Carly Simon, Sara Bareilles, Lindsey Buckingham, Randy Newman, Jackson Browne, Steve Miller, Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart), Diplo, Big Sean, Ne-Yo, Stargate, Bill Withers, Aloe Blacc, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Jeff Lynne.