15-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren receiving Songwriters Hall of Fame’s highest honor

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Diane Warren [Photo by Nick Spanos]

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, according to a news release.

“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 in a statement.

“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.

Her cinematic songs include the chart-topping hits “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” from 1987’s “Mannequin;” “Because You Loved Me,” from 1996’s “Up Close and Personal;” “How Do I Live,” from 1997’s “Con Air;” “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” from 1998’s “Armageddon;” and “Til It Happens To You,” from 2015’s “The Hunting Ground.”

In November 2022, Warren became the first songwriter in history to receive an Honorary Oscar, as voted on by the Academy’s Board of Governors.

Most recently, she wrote the original song “The Fire Inside,” performed by Becky G for the film “Flamin’ Hot,” directed by Eva Longoria, which marked her 15th Oscar nomination.

In 2024, Warren was nominated for best original song for the seventh year in a row and ninth time in 10 years. No woman in Academy Awards history has ever received more nominations in any category without taking home a competitive Oscar, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

At the March 10 Academy Awards, Billie Eilish became the youngest two-time Oscar winner at the age of 22. Eilish, along with her brother Finneas O’Connell, won the 2024 Academy Award for best original song for their power ballad “What Was I Made For?” from Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster “Barbie.”

“I’m beyond honored to receive the Johnny Mercer Award, especially looking at the names of the other songwriters who have gotten this great honor,” Warren said in a statement.

“When I was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, my mom was there and finally understood that I could make a living and life being what I was born to be and wake up every day loving to be … a songwriter. Now, both she and my dad will be looking down on me with big smiles on their faces. Thank you, Songwriters Hall of Fame.”

The sole owner of Realsongs, her publishing company and the most successful female-owned and operated business in the music industry, Warren also is a recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In the course of her legendary career, Warren has worked with many of today’s most popular artists, including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, H.E.R., Snoop Dogg, Paloma Faith, Jon Batiste, Maren Morris and Justin Bieber.

Plus, she has written songs for the world’s most iconic artists, including Whitney Houston, Cher, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Reba McEntire and many more.


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