WEEK IN WOMEN: Diane Warren honored by Songwriters Hall of Fame – Brandy McDonnell reports

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A 15-time Oscar nominee for best original song, Diane Warren has been named the 2024 recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

She will receive the esteemed honor at the the Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala, slated for June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

The Johnny Mercer Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, is exclusively reserved for a songwriter or songwriting team who has already been inducted in a prior year and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Mercer.

Warren was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001.

“The songwriting community is filled with many special people who have delivered incomparable songs that have made the world go round. Within that special group of people, Diane Warren is unique; she is a force of nature that, despite her enormous success from ‘Rhythm Of The Night’ to ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ and at least 100 (15!) Academy Award nominations, she shows up to write songs every morning at 8 a.m.” said Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Nile Rodgers.

“I am delighted to see her receive the esteemed Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which is the gold bar standard. Diane is that and more!”

One of modern music’s most celebrated songwriters, Warren has penned nine No. 1 hits and 33 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. She is tied for having written the most No. 1 songs as a sole writer in Billboard history. Her distinguished catalog features beloved songs like Only Love Can Hurt Like This, Un-Break My Heart, and If I Could Turn Back Time.

She has received 15 Academy Award nominations, plus is a Grammy winner with 15 nominations, an Emmy winner, and a two-time Golden Globe winner whose songs have been featured in more than 150 films. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.