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Kara DioGuardi

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Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi (born December 9, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, music publisher, A&R executive, and TV personality. She writes music primarily in the light pop-rock, dance, and R&B genres, and has worked with a host of successful artists, including many Grammy award winners, and is credited on over 120 album releases. She is also a judge on American Idol, having joined the show in its eighth season in 2009.

One of the industry’s most highly sought after songwriters and producers, DioGuardi’s songs have appeared on more than 100 million records combined. She has been awarded 11 BMI Pop Awards for having co-written the most performed songs on the radio. She also won the 2003 BMI Cable Award for co-writing and performing, “Somethin’ to Say”, the theme to the now-canceled Lifetime Television series For the People, and the 2007 BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year. She was also the 2007 SOCAN Award winner. In 2007, she was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Song of the Year for her writing on the Belinda single, “Bella Traición” along with co-writers Belinda, Ben Moody, Nacho Peregrin and producer Mitch Allan.

From her catalog of several hundred songs, over 279 have been released on major labels worldwide; and over 169 have appeared on multi-platinum selling albums.

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