Lady Gaga and Van honoured at annual Hall of Fame awards
Lady Gaga turned heads in a daring black bra and dark shorts when she arrived to pick up an award at the 46th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York.
She was joined by Van Morrison, Tony Bennett and Stephen Colbert at the three-hour ceremony to honour songwriters.
New inductees to the Hall of Fame included country stars Toby Keith and Bobby Braddock, the late Chicago bluesman Willie Dixon, the Grateful Dead songwriting team of Robert Hunter and the late Jerry Garcia, pop and stage star Cyndi Lauper and rock composer and performer Linda Perry.
"I still can't believe I make a living making music," Lauper said during her speech.
Morrison (69) and Lady Gaga picked up honorary prizes, while awards also were presented to Nate Ruess and the former CEO of the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers John LoFrumento.
At the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, admirers from across genres and generations exchanged tributes.
Veteran crooner Bennett, (88) presented Lady Gaga, his duet partner, with a Contemporary Icon Award.
Morrison, the night's final act, was presented with the Johnny Mercer Award and noted how songwriting royalties keep the money coming in during dry spells in his career.
"So, the name of the game is hustle," advised the Belfast-born singer.