BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – Mariah Carey was named a BMI icon, and Drake and Lil Wayne shared the Songwriter of the Year crown, at the BMI Urban Awards in Beverly Hills, it was announced today.
The event toasted the teams behind the past year’s most-performed R&B, rap, pop and hip-hop songs in BMI’s deep repertoire.
A musical 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, a spokesperson said..
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.
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