Meghan Trainor To Receive ASCAP’s Vanguard Honor

Meghan Trainor. Photo: Epic Records

Meghan Trainor will receive ASCAP’s Vanguard Award at the 34th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards May 18. The invitation-only gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most-performed pop songs of 2016, takes place at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. The Vanguard Award recognizes the impact of musical genres that help shape the future of American music. Previous ASCAP Vanguard Award recipients include Arcade Fire, Band of Horses, Beastie Boys, Beck, Björk, Sara Bareilles, Diplo, fun., Jack Johnson, The Killers, Modest Mouse, The Strokes, St. Vincent and Walk the Moon.

“Meghan has made incomparable strides in her career in the time that I’ve known her, but it has always been clear that her talent would take her above and beyond the pop charts,” said ASCAP EVP of Membership John Titta. “Whether she’s writing chart-topping songs for herself or someone else, we can’t wait to hear what Meghan does next.”

Trainor’s single “NO,” from her second album, Thank You, received a RIAA Gold certification for sales exceeding 500,000 in less than a month, and is now double platinum. The second single from Thank You, “Me Too” is also double platinum and the album is gold.  Trainor’s co-write “Road Less Traveled” with Lauren Alaina recently topped Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, and she also penned the Number One Rascal Flatts hit, “I Like the Sound of That,” along with songs for Jennifer Lopez, Fifth Harmony, Sabrina Carpenter and more.


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