Recent R&B/Hip-Hop News

Busta Rhymes Honored as a BMI Icon at 2022 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards


From News, posted 9.07.22.

Busta Rhymes To Be Honored as a BMI Icon at The 2022 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards


From News, posted 8.09.22. BMI will honor the multiple award-winning songwriter/rapper/producer and actor Busta Rhymes with the BMI Icon Award at its 2022 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on September 7.  The private event, held at the LIV Nightclub Miami Beach, will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President, Creative (Atlanta)…Read more...

BMI Songwriters Rock the Block Party During CMA 2022


From News, posted 6.15.22. BMI hosted its first-ever Block Party on the PNC Plaza at the historic Ryman auditorium. The concert series ran June 9-11 during CMA Fest and highlighted 15 BMI songwriters. There were performances each day covering country, hip-hop, and pop. The three-day lineup consisted of Kenton Bryant, Camille Parker, Madeline Edwards,…Read more...

BMI’s Atlanta Office Rings in the Holidays with Top Talent


From News, posted 12.13.21. Last week, some of the best and brightest music creators turned out for BMI Atlanta’s annual holiday party. In attendance were singer V. Bozeman, singer/songwriter Dallas Davidson, producer Sonny Digital, celebrated Gospel singer/songwriter Kirk Franklin, producer Keyz, singer/songwriter Travis Malloy, hip-hop luminary TI and several others. The festivities included a…Read more...

BMI Celebrates its 2022 GRAMMY Nominees


From News, posted 11.23.21. As the music industry’s most prestigious honor, the GRAMMY Award is universally acknowledged as the benchmark of excellence for songwriters and music creators. Recognition from the Recording Academy in the form of a nomination is a tremendous achievement, and once again, BMI is proud to congratulate its many affiliates who…Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Rapper Young Dolph


From News, posted 11.18.21. BMI is deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Young Dolph, the Memphis rapper/songwriter who tragically died Wednesday, at the age of 36. Born Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr. in Chicago and raised in Memphis, he started his music career in 2008 with the mixtape Paper Route Campaign. From there,…Read more...

BMI Celebrates Hip-Hop History Month


From News, posted 11.01.21. As designated by the U.S. Senate in a unanimously passed resolution this past August, November is now officially Hip-Hop History Month, and BMI is excited to be celebrating the massive cultural force that Hip-Hop has become. As an early champion of the then-burgeoning genre, BMI is proud to represent groundbreaking…Read more...

BMI Celebrates Lil Nas X in Atlanta


From News, posted 10.22.21. On Wednesday night, BMI held an intimate dinner to celebrate the songwriting achievements of BMI affiliate and recording artist, Lil Nas X. During the evening, the rapper was presented with two BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards for his mega-hit “Old Town Road (Remix)” and the infectious single “Panini,” a BMI Pop Award…Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2021 Latin GRAMMY Nominees


From News, posted 9.29.21. BMI is once again exceptionally proud of its many songwriters and producers nominated for premier industry accolades at the upcoming 2021 Latin GRAMMY Awards. These innovative music creators are continuing the lead the way with their chart-topping work across the wide spectrum of Latin music. Among the names nominated for…Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith


From News, posted 9.29.21. BMI is saddened by the recent passing of longtime BMI affiliate, Dr. Lonnie Smith, who was renowned for his incredible talent as an organist after first laying hands on a Hammond as a teen. In short time, Smith captured the attention of such greats as BMI affiliate George Benson, whose…Read more...

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