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‘Rolling Papers’ Propels Wiz Khalifa’s Rise

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From MusicWorld, posted 12.01.11 In just one year, Wiz Khalifa went from underground mixtape king to top-selling rapper. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native’s infectious single “Black and Yellow” reached stadium status with a performance at this year’s Super Bowl. When all eyes and ears turned to him, Khalifa stared right back and held… Read more...


Gap Band’s Robert Wilson Dies

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From News, posted 8.16.10 Robert Wilson, bassist for the Gap Band, has died. He was 53. Honored as BMI Icons in 2005, the Gap Band are funk giants. Brothers Charlie, Robert and Ronnie Wilson founded the group in their native Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they were discovered by the legendary Leon Russell. The group released… Read more...


Hitmakers Babyface and L.A. Reid To Be Honored as BMI Icons at 6th Annual Urban Awards

From News, posted 6.14.06 Prolific songwriting and production team Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Antonio "L.A." Reid will be honored as BMI Icons at the performing right organization's 6th Annual Urban Awards. The invitation-only gala, which will also recognize the past year's most performed BMI urban songs, is set for… Read more...


Steve Winwood to Be Honored as BMI Icon at Annual London Awards Nov. 29

From News, posted 11.06.05 BMI today announced that legendary songwriter and recording artist Steve Winwood will be honored as a BMI Icon at the company's annual London Awards. The gala ceremony and dinner will be held November 29 in the Grand Ballroom of the Dorchester Hotel in that city. Read more...


Charlie Daniels to Be Honored as BMI Icon at Country Awards Oct. 18

From News, posted 9.07.05 BMI today announced that country music legend Charlie Daniels will be honored as a BMI Icon at the performing rights organization's 53rd annual Country Awards. The gala ceremony and dinner, which salutes the most performed country songs of the past year, will be… Read more...


Lil Jon, R. Kelly, Kanye West and EMI Take Top Honors at BMI Urban Awards

From News, posted 8.26.05 'Yeah!' Named Most Performed Song; Charlie Wilson and The Gap Band Honored as BMI Icons BMI saluted the premier r&b, rap and hip-hop songwriters, producers and publishers at its 2005 BMI Urban Awards, staged August 26 in the Grand Ballroom of the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. Read more...


Gap Band To Receive Icon Honors at BMI Urban Awards

From News, posted 6.01.05 BMI has announced that the members of legendary soul/funk group the Gap Band will be honored as BMI Icons at the company's 5th annual Urban Awards. The gala ceremony and dinner will take place August 26 at Club Tropigala at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resorts & Towers… Read more...


BMI Icon Recipients

From News, posted 1.01.00 The honor of BMI Icon is awarded to songwriters to honor their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Pop Barry Manilow Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil Stevie Nicks Carole King David Foster John Fogerty Gamble and Huff Hall &… Read more...