Ellie Goulding is to be honoured with the president’s award at this year’s BMI London Awards.

The 35-year-old singer who now lives in Oxfordshire is being given the gong in recognition of her contributions to music and songwriting.

Born in the county and growing up in Lyonshall before attending Kington's Lady Hawkins' School and Hereford Sixth Form College, Goulding went on to top the UK singles chart with Burn and Love Me Like You Do.

Other big hits just missing out on the top spot include Your Song, Starry Eyed and How Long Will I Love You.


BMI president and chief executive Mike O’Neill will host the ceremony in London in October alongside BMI Europe vice president of creative Shirin Foroutan.

Goulding follows in the footsteps of music stars such as Noel Gallagher, Jay Kay, Kenny Chesney, Pink, Willie Nelson, Adam Levine and Gloria and Emilio Estefan in receiving the award.

Singer-songwriter and producer Tems will receive the BMI impact award, which recognises groundbreaking artistry, creative vision and impact on the future of music.

During the ceremony, awards for song of the year and pop, dance, film, television and cable television music will also be presented.


Ms Foroutan said: “We’re thrilled to be back in person at The Savoy celebrating our BMI family of UK and European songwriters, composers and music publishers.

“In addition, we’re so proud to honour the extraordinary talent of Ellie Goulding with BMI’s president’s award.

"Ellie’s defining voice in music and philanthropic efforts have touched so many, and we can’t wait to celebrate her.

“We also feel very fortunate to honour internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer Tems for the global impact she’s making on the future of music.

“It will be a very special evening, and we look forward to acknowledging the achievements of all of the 2022 BMI London Award winners.”

The 2022 BMI London Awards will return to The Savoy hotel in London on October 3.