Recent R&B/Hip-Hop News

BMI Songwriters Set to Deliver Electrifying Performances at 2018 SXSW


From News, posted 3.01.18. BMI is pleased to announce its return to Austin, TX as part of the 2018 SXSW Music Conference and Festival from March 13 - 16.  Continuing a more than 30-year presence at the world-renowned music festival, BMI will once again offer festivalgoers many unique opportunities to discover the hottest emerging…Read more...

Mark Batson, Faith Evans, Tory Lanez & RedOne Discuss Their Hits at BMI’S ‘HOW I WROTE THAT SONG’®


From News, posted 1.29.18. On Saturday, January 27, BMI presented its annual pre-GRAMMY event How I Wrote That Song® (HIWTS), in partnership with the Apollo Theater, at the legendary performance hall. The audience was treated to an enlightening panel discussion that featured multi-platinum and GRAMMY award-winning music producer Mark Batson, GRAMMY award-winning R&B royalty…Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2018 GRAMMY Nominees


From News, posted 11.28.17. BMI is very proud to congratulate our many talented affiliates on their prestigious GRAMMY nominations, which were announced this morning by the Recording Academy. The 60th GRAMMY Awards, to be held in Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28, 2018, will salute a wide array of…Read more...

Catching Up with Blake “Shy” Carter


From MusicWorld, posted 11.15.17. In a landscape where many people claim to do it all, singer-songwriter and producer Blake “Shy” Carter shows what it looks like to take “multi-faceted” to surprising and remarkable heights. Growing up in the musical mecca of Memphis, he absorbed the soul music of his surroundings, as well as the…Read more...

BMI Recognizes Bayjun Beat Music for Usher’s “No Limit”


From News, posted 10.05.17. Unable to attend BMI’s 2017 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta this past September, Bayjun Beat Music’s Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken received a visit from BMI’s Charlie Feldman this week at their studio in Bronxville, NY, and accepted their award recognizing the success of “No Limit.” Beyond this accolade, Sturken and…Read more...

Patti LaBelle Named BMI Icon at the 2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards


From News, posted 9.01.17. Last night, BMI celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs during the 2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held at The Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall in Atlanta. Multiple GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter Patti LaBelle took home the night’s highest honor as BMI Icon in recognition of her…Read more...

2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards To Honor Patti LaBelle as BMI Icon


From News, posted 7.31.17. BMI is pleased to announce that Patti LaBelle will be named the BMI Icon at the 2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. LaBelle will receive this honor in recognition of her extraordinary career achievements and countless contributions to the musical landscape over the past five decades.  The event will be held Thursday,…Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Prodigy


From News, posted 6.20.17. BMI is saddened by the death of Prodigy (real name Albert Johnson), who passed away Tuesday, June 20, at the age of 42. The rapper was reported to have been hospitalized in Las Vegas prior to succumbing to complications stemming from sickle cell anemia. Most renowned as one half of…Read more...

BMI Celebrates Rae Sremmurd’s #1 Single “Black Beatles”


From News, posted 5.19.17. BMI recently hosted a private dinner for the fraternal hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, in celebration of their #1 single “Black Beatles.” The dinner, held at Atlanta’s Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours and presented by Courvoisier, was a festive occasion for the Tupelo, Mississippi group whose star is on the rise.…Read more...

Atlanta’s Rising Stars of R&B/Hip-Hop Bring the Heat to BMI’s ‘Know Them Now’ Showcase


From News, posted 4.10.17. BMI hosted some of the recording industry’s most promising talent in R&B and Hip-Hop at the ‘Know Them Now’ Showcase held at Terminal West in Atlanta on April 6. Hosted by Gipp Goodie of Goodie Mob, the evening kicked off with a rousing set by rap trio Minus Gravity, followed…Read more...

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