Mariah Carey, Drake, Lil Wayne, EMI Music Publishing And More Honored At BMI Urban Awards
September 10, 2012 at 3:58 AM (PT)
Urban music's premier songwriters, producers and music publishers came together SEPTEMBER 7th during the BMI URBAN AWARDS at the SABAN THEATRE in BEVERLY HILLS. The event toasts the teams behind the past year’s most-performed R&B, rap, pop and hip-hop songs in BMI's repertoire.
MARIAH CAREY was named a BMI Icon. A tribute paid homage to CAREY, who joins a list of past honorees that includes THE JACKSONS, SNOOP DOGG, JAMES BROWN, ISAAC HAYES, LITTLE RICHARD, AL GREEN, WILLIE NELSON, DOLLY PARTON and more.
DRAKE and LIL WAYNE shared the Songwriter of the Year crown by each writing seven songs that rank among the year's most-performed. The win marks the second consecutive Songwriter of the Year title for DRAKE.
NICKI MINAJ's "Super Bass" earned Song of the Year honors for its writers MINAJ, ESTER DEAN and KANE BEATZ.
POP WANSEL earned the Producer of the Year crystal. In addition to WANSEL, BMI also recognized Top Producers WARREN "OAK" FELDER, JIM JONSIN, R. KELLY, LEXUS "LEX LUGER" LEWIS, POLOW DA DON, TROY TAYLOR, KANYE WEST, and TYLER "T-MINUS" WILLIAMS.
MAC MILLER won the first-ever BMI Social Star Award, presented by SPOTIFY.
For a full list of winners, visit www.bmi.com/urban.