Richie Stephens to get major pop award


April 19, 2017
Richie Stephens

Jamaican singer Richie Stephens will receive the biggest honour of his career when he is honoured at the 34th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in the United States in May.

In a letter to the Jamaican crooner dated, April 13, 2017, Paul Williams, President of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) said, "I am pleased to inform you that you will be honoured at the 34th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on Thursday, May 18th, at The Wiltern in Los Angeles for Work (recorded by Rihanna), which was among the most performed ASCAP pop songs of 2016."

The exclusive, invitation-only gala celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of the year.

credited as co-writer

It was in January 2016 that Stephens got the news that his 'Sail Away' rhythm, which was released in 1998 on his Pot of Gold label, was sampled by pop singer Rihanna on the hit single Work, which features Drake. Stephens was credited as co-writer of the song.

Work peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remained there for nine weeks, becoming Rihanna's 14th number-one single. The song was also a number one song in Canada, Brazil, Denmark, France, Netherlands and the top five of the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Germany.

"I have achieved a lot since I started singing over 40 years ago, but this is the first time I am being recognised with a pop award. This is a major award and ranks among my biggest accomplishment to date," Richie Stephens said.

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