Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Aerosmith's songwriting powerhouse, are recipients of this year's Founders Award by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
The duo will be honored April 17 in Los Angeles at ASCAP's 30th annual Pop Music Awards, staged to celebrate songwriters and publishers of the biggest pop songs of 2012.
The Founders Award recognizes pioneers who have shaped and influenced pop music. Previous honorees include Ashford & Simpson, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Smokey Robinson, Carly Simon, Patti Smith, Steely Dan, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Tom Waits, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, Aerosmith has four Grammys, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards. The band has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. Tyler and Perry produced 2012's Music From Another Dimension!, Aerosmith's 15th studio album.
"As part of one of our nation's greatest and most iconic rock bands, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry crafted the music that defined a generation and continues to inspire songwriters today," ASCAP president and chairman Paul Williams said in a statement. "They are true musical pioneers whose contributions to American songwriting are immeasurable. We are extremely proud to honor these cultural icons."