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BMI Congratulates Its Winning Songwriters at the 2020 BET Awards

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From News, posted 6.29.20 BMI songwriters made a strong showing, Sunday night, at the 2020 BET Awards, with several of our affiliates claiming major awards for their tremendous contributions over the last year. While BET made the celebration virtual in light of the pandemic, this year’s event — celebrating not only twenty years of… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 BET Nominees

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From News, posted 6.16.20 Nominations for this year’s BET awards were announced yesterday with many BMI songwriters taking center stage in the music categories. The 20th anniversary of the event will air live on CBS and other Viacom networks, Sunday, June 28 at 8PM EST. Congratulations to all the nominees! Here’s the list of… Read more...


BMI Indie Spotlight: Bren Joy

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From News, posted 3.30.20 Nashville’s Bren Joy is leading the new wave of R&B. The 23-year-old singer, songwriter, lyricist, and pianist incorporates unique chord structures and progressions into songs that fuse jazz, hip-hop, pop, gospel, and experimental soul. Those sounds, along with inspiration from artists like John Legend, Kirk Franklin, and The 1975, can… Read more...


Zigzagging Through Genres, BMI Composer Aaron Zigman’s Music Transcends Boundaries

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From News, posted 2.27.20 As a classically trained pianist, conductor and composer, Aaron Zigman brings to his work a degree of versatility that’s rarely seen. His deep classical roots, combined with his background in writing and producing songs for many of music’s greatest performers, has given him the ability to traverse all genres of… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 1.27.20 During a star-studded celebration of the most popular and impactful music from the past year, many BMI affiliates were singled out for their achievements at the Recording Academy’s 62nd GRAMMY Awards, held last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Among the multiple-award winners came Lizzo, who, after opening… Read more...


Songland Star Entertains Retail Association Execs

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From News, posted 9.19.19 BMI added some sizzle to the 2019 Council of State Retail Associations’ annual conference in Whitefish, Montana recently (9/17) by sponsoring a performance from BMI singer-songwriter Sam James. The Worcester, Massachusetts native was not only a contestant on Season 3 of The Voice, but recently appeared on NBC’s Songland, where… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Zsela

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From News, posted 9.12.19 Brooklyn-raised Zsela has talent in her blood. With a famous musician father (Marc Anthony Thompson, also known as Chocolate Genius) and an actress sister (Tessa Thompson of Creed, Avengers: Endgame, and Dear White People), it’s fitting that Zsela is making a name for herself, too. Her first single, “Noise,” dropped… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: Cobi

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From News, posted 9.25.18 “Music has always been a vehicle for protest and this three-song EP touches on my feelings of loneliness in America, violence, and everlasting love,” says Cobi of his latest release, Songs from the Ashes (PT 2), which was a project with GRAMMY-Award–winning producer Anthony Kilhoffer (John Legend, Kanye West). Born… Read more...


Indie Spotlight: TOXIC GARDN

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From News, posted 9.25.18 TOXIC GARDN is an urban grunge rock band that’s the project of Kameron “Grae” Alexander, a singer, songwriter and producer originally from Pasadena, California. Alexander, who co-wrote “Drivin’ Around,” on Little Big Town’s 2017 album The Breaker, originally trained as an audio engineer at the esteemed Larrabee Studios in Los… Read more...


Superstar Janet Jackson Named BMI Icon at The 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

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From News, posted 8.31.18 Last night, BMI celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs during the 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held at The Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall in Atlanta. Multiple award-winning superstar Janet Jackson took home the night’s highest honor of BMI Icon in recognition of her groundbreaking… Read more...


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