On Wednesday night, Tom Petty accepted the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) Founders Award at the 31st Annual ASCAP Pop Awards in Los Angeles, CA.
The ASCAP Founders Award honors pioneering songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music, inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators.
Tom was introduced by Jackson Browne who was preceded by a two song performance from Lucinda Williams. Lucinda and her band covered "Rebels" and "Runnin' Down A Dream."
Upon taking the stage to receive the award, Tom spoke from the heart.