Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds Garnering Songwriters Hall of Fame Honor

By Kevin Rutherford

He may or may not have felt it in his bones — Dan Reynolds is receiving a songwriting award.

The Imagine Dragons frontman will receive an honor at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York, Billboard reports. Reynolds is being awarded the Hal David Starlight Award, which recognizes younger songwriters whose output has made major impacts in popular music.

Those paying attention to Imagine Dragons’ meteoric rise shouldn’t find the news too surprising. After breaking onto the scene with debut single “It’s Time,” the Las Vegas rockers scored one of 2013’s monster hits with “Radioactive,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 and reigned on both rock and alternative charts, actually breaking the record for longest time spent atop the Billboard Rock Songs chart with 23 weeks at the peak.

Related: Lorde, Imagine Dragons Lead 2014 Billboard Music Awards Nominations

“Radioactive” has also shown a startling amount of longevity. The song is still on the Hot 100, having been there for 84 weeks total — an all-time record.

The award is named for Hal David, a lyricist known for his work with Burt Bacharach and an inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972. David died in 2012 of a stroke at 91.

Reynolds joins formidable company with the honor; Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys, Drake and John Legend are among its past winners.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame gala will be held June 12 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.


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