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McCartney wins songwriting prize

Sir Paul McCartney
Sir Paul McCartney was honoured for songs from his back catalogue

Sir Paul McCartney has been named songwriter of the year at The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Awards in London.

Coldplay won song of the year for Viva La Vida, while Phil Collins collected an award for In The Air Tonight.

Calvin Harris and The Ting Tings were also honoured at the ceremony.

The awards are for members of the UK Performing Rights Society whose music are rated among the most performed works in the US.

Former Beatle Sir Paul was recognised for the songs All You Need Is Love, Come Together and Hello Goodbye.

Calvin Harris won the Vanguard Award for his gold-selling debut album I Created Disco.

The Ting Tings were given the College Award for their multi-platinum-selling debut album, We Started Nothing.

Songwriter Steve Booker won an award for the track Mercy which was a hit for Duffy.

There were also awards for the Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), and Dido for Thank You.

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