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Show Biz Greats Turn Out to Celebrate ASCAP Centennial

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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, or ASCAP, is celebrating 100 years. Some industry greats turned out to celebrate the organization. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed this report.

To celebrate a century of great music some of the biggest names in the business gathered for the ASCAP Centennial Gala at the Waldorf Astoria. The honorees included Stevie Wonder, Billie Joel, Joan Baez, Steven Sondheim and Garth Brooks. He asked wife Trisha Yearwood to sing his tribute.

Brooks: "I'm excited. You can tell, I’m already emotional, because I just love to hear her sing."
Simon: "Who’s going to cry first tonight?"
Yearwood: "I don’t know. It’s a pretty safe bet that he will."
Simon: "Award in one hand, tissue in the other."
Brooks: "Exactly"
Yearwood: "I’m ready."

Sting paid tribute to friend Billy Joel.

"The first time we came to the United States—I forget which year it was—we played Nassau Coliseum, this guy turns up in my dressing room, and says, 'I’m Billy Joel.' He knew all of our songs," Sting said.

Motown records founder Berry Gordy Jr. helped launch the career of Little Stevie Wonder.

"I’m so proud that I was able to meet him at ten or whenever," said Gordy.

Bernadette Peters saluted one of Broadway's most accomplished composers, Steven Sondheim.

Emmylou Harris helped honor folk icon Joan Baez.

The night's a celebration of some of the biggest names in music—rock, pop, folk, Broadway and beyond—but it’s also a celebration of what ASCAP does.

"They make sure that we get what it is that we’re owed, what it is that—what we worked so hard for," says singer-songwriter Ne-Yo.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers helps those that make music get paid for their artistry, and that is something to celebrate.

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