20th Anniversary

Congratulations to All Our Winners



Welcome to our 20th Anniversary Awards

We are thrilled to be celebrating BMI’s unrivaled family of songwriters, producers and publishers responsible for the most exciting R&B/Hip-Hop music today. This year marks the 20th anniversary of this awards show — 20 years of celebrating some of Black music’s greatest legends and creatives. Now more than ever, your music is leading the charge, topping the charts and dominating digital platforms. Join us in our virtual celebration to find out this year’s Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Producer of the Year, Social Star winner, and top producers, as well as the songwriters of the top 35 most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs of the past year in the U.S. Check out their award-winning music, watch some exclusive videos and hear from some of our past honorees of the last two decades. Congratulations!

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A look back on 20 years

Past honorees share their thoughts and congratulations on 20 years of the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

A look back at some of the most memorable moments with our Icon and President’s Award honorees, as well as a photo montage of unforgettable performances.

2020 Award Winners
An exclusive performance by Khalid
Bobby Fishscale

Back for its ninth year, BMI’s Social Star Award goes to the songwriter who earned the most engagement on social media during a 10-day voting period. Check out a special message from this year’s winner, with an introduction from 2019’s Social Star, NLE Choppa.

Social Star
Top Producers

These seven producers have each had five or more songs reach The Billboard Hot 100 chart over the past year.

Songwriters and Publishers of the most performed songs of the year

These songs have received the most performances on terrestrial radio, satellite radio and digital streaming services over the past year.

This year we’re proud to honor 41 first-time BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Award winners.
See their names starred below.

20 years of R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
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