WHAT: 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards. An awards show presented by U.S. performing right organization BMI honoring the songwriters and publishers of the most performed urban songs on U.S. radio and television for the past 12 months. The awards will be hosted by Del R. Bryant, President& CEO of BMI, and Catherine Brewton, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations.
The BMI Icon Award will be presented to Snoop Dogg, who will be saluted with an all-star musical tribute during the ceremony. As a BMI Icon, Snoop Dogg will join ranks that include George Clinton, The Jacksons, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, The Bee Gees, Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, to name a few.
Also to be awarded that night will be the Urban Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Publisher of the Year. BMI will also honor the Top Urban Producers of the previous year, as well as the BMI songwriters whose songs have hit No. 1 on the Billboard R&B, Hip-Hop and Rap charts.
EXPECTED: 2011 BMI Icon recipient Snoop Dogg; Drake (â€œBest I Ever Hadâ€); Wiz Khalifa ( â€œBlack and Yellowâ€); Lex Luger ( Rick Ross â€œB.M.Fâ€); Marsha Ambrosius (â€œFar Awayâ€); Polow Da Don (Keri Hilson â€œTurninâ€™ Me Onâ€); Dawn Richard ( â€œLoving You No Moreâ€); Bonnie McKee ( Katy Perry â€œTeenage Dreamâ€); Makeba Riddick (T.I. â€œLive Your Lifeâ€): Tyler â€œT-Minusâ€ Williams ( Nicki Minaj â€œ Moment 4 Lifeâ€); Gorilla Zoe (â€œLostâ€); Tristan Wilds (â€œ90210â€); Zaytoven (Usher â€œPapersâ€); Kane Beatz (Young Money ft. Lloyd â€œBedrockâ€); DJ Khaled (â€œIâ€™m On Oneâ€); Ace Hood (â€œ Hustle Hardâ€); Jim Jonsin (Kelly Rowland â€œMotivationâ€); Sean Garrett (â€œTurninâ€™ Me Onâ€); Mario Winans (Trey Songz "Can't Be Friends"); Busta Rhymes ( â€œLook at Me Nowâ€); Alex Da Kid (Eminem â€œLove The Way You Lie); Tyga (â€œBedrockâ€).