Imagine Dragons received the BMI President’s Award in honor of their creative accomplishments and commitment to philanthropic efforts that bring awareness to social injustice at Tuesday night’s 67th annual BMI Pop Awards in Beverly Hills.
In addition, their singles “Thunder,” which recently reached a milestone of more than one billion streams, and “Whatever It Takes” were recognized as being among the performance rights organization’s 50 most-performed songs of the past year.
In his speech, frontman Dan Reynolds spoke about being lauded for their success and charitable works.
“It feels very corny and it feels really strange to sit there and people will be like, ‘look at all you guys did, you’re the best.’ And like, we have been so lucky. We have been so incredibly — we have had very beautiful, privileged lives, all four of us.”
Reynolds also thanked his parents for believing in him from a young age.
“My mom and dad are here tonight. My dad is in his 60s and he’s still working. He’s worked 9 to 5 since I was a little kid so that I could have a microphone when I was 13 to make music. And he listened to my songs when he was tired and he came home from work and he put on his headphones and I would play him terrible, terrible music that a 13 year old was writing in middle school. The first song was called ‘All By Himself’ and it was like five minutes of a teenager going through puberty.”
Imagine Dragons took to the stage after receiving their awards for a three-song acoustic mini-set featuring “It’s Time,” “Believer” and “Radioactive.”
Sting was also honored last night for his Police classic “Every Breath You Take” passing The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” as BMI’s most performed song.