Stump delivered a pumped-up rendition of the Philadelphia duo’s 1977 hit ‘Rich Girl’ backed by Hall & Oates‘ five-piece band.
Babyface also praised the duo, and sang a stripped-down cover of ‘Sara Smile’, which he said blew him away the first time he heard it.
“I thought, ‘What white guys are doing music like this?'” he quipped, adding that he thought blue-eyed soul was sung by black guys with blue eyes.
Hall & Oates later took the stage to perform three of their songs including ‘Maneater’, ‘Out Of Touch’, and ‘She’s Gone’.
“I’m not a blue-eyed soul singer, I’m a soul singer,” Hall clarified. “It’s not about race.”
Oates, meanwhile, thanked BMI for the honour. “I can’t think of a greater honour than to be among songwriters,” he said.
Also recognised at last night’s ceremony was Palow Da Don, who took home Songwriter of the Year for penning four hits including Fergie’s ‘London Bridge’ and ‘Runaway Love’, recorded by Ludacris and featuring Mary J. Blige.
Oklahoma rockers Hinder earned the ‘Song Of The Year’ award for ‘Lips Of An Angel’, which has sold more than 3 million ring tones, reportedly the most downloaded rock song ring-tone in history.
BMI is an American performing rights organisation that collects licensing fees on behalf of more than 375,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.
–By our Los Angeles staff.