Recent R&B/Hip-Hop News

BMI Congratulates its 2021 GRAMMY Award Winners


From News, posted 3.15.21. BMI is once again exceptionally proud of its many affiliates who received music’s highest honors, yesterday, during the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, this year’s ceremony was unlike any other, given precautions over the pandemic, with no large audience in attendance. With awards presented…Read more...

Songs for Change: BMI Songwriters Call For Action


From News, posted 3.08.21. With the movement for racial justice and equality sweeping the country, BMI songwriters are picking up their pens and calling for much-needed change through their music. Issues of social justice, racial equity, tolerance and beyond are being highlighted in powerful songs that are shining a light on what’s happening and…Read more...

BMI Celebrates Black History Month


From News, posted 2.01.21. BMI is proud to celebrate Black History Month, the annual recognition of Black achievements and their importance in American history and culture. Since its founding in 1939, BMI’s repertoire has been distinguished by Black songwriters and composers across every genre, and we have been truly honored to represent innovators like…Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2021 GRAMMY Nominees


From News, posted 11.24.20. In a year like no other, BMI is once again very excited to congratulate its many talented affiliates who received GRAMMY nominations in recognition of their contributions to the year’s most impactful music. As the industry’s highest accolade, the prestigious GRAMMY Awards celebrate the very best in the fields of…Read more...

BMI Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Honoring the Genre’s Best Songwriters, Producers and Music Publishers


From News, posted 9.14.20. BMI is proud to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, recognizing the genre’s top songwriters, producers and publishers of the previous year. BMI’s Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Producer of the Year, Publisher of the Year and 2020’s Social Star were announced across BMI’s digital…Read more...

“P-Valley” Composer Matthew Head on What Wouldn’t Have Happened if He Didn’t Speak Up


From News, posted 7.31.20. When most people think of hip-hop producers or film and television composers, they’re likely thinking of two very different types of professionals on two different spectrums: a beatmaker banging out bops for a rapper, or someone crafting a serious-sounding orchestral arrangement. Matthew Head, the GRAMMY-nominated musician who’s won Emmy, NAACP…Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2020 BET Nominees


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...

GRAMMY-Winner H.E.R. Signs With BMI


From News, posted 4.06.20. BMI is exceptionally pleased to announce that GRAMMY-winning R&B singer/songwriter and MBK/RCA recording artist H.E.R. has joined BMI. First emerging in 2016, H.E.R. (an acronym for “Having Everything Revealed”) swiftly established herself as a seismic talent by way of a campaign of EPs that showcased her versatility and distinctive style…Read more...

Passion With a Purpose: MAJOR. Opens Up About “Even More”


From The Weekly, posted 2.18.20. When Texas-born singer/songwriter MAJOR. dropped his debut album, I Am MAJOR. in 2016, his signature blend of joyful, technicolor R&B made an immediate impression. Via lushly produced, romantic singles like “Why I Love You” and “Honest,” MAJOR. captivated listeners with his blend of contemporary stylings and classic melodicism, and earned…Read more...

BMI Mourns the Loss of 5th Ward Weebie


From News, posted 1.10.20. BMI was saddened to learn of the death of 5th Ward Weebie, who passed away Thursday at the age of 42. A pivotal pioneer of the bounce music scene in his native New Orleans, Weebie, whose real name was Jerome Cosey, helped put Louisiana on the hip-hop map via singles…Read more...

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