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BMI Celebrates its 2022 GRAMMY Nominees

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...


BMI Announces the Honorees of the 2021 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

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From News, posted 9.20.21. BMI is excited to celebrate the 2021 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, paying tribute to the top songwriters, producers and music publishers of the previous year. The online celebration was unveiled today across all BMI digital and social channels. Top honors were presented for Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year,…Read more...


BMI Returns to Zilker Park for 2021 Austin City Limits Music Festival

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From News, posted 9.15.21. BMI is pleased to announce its return to the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 1-3 and 8-10, 2021. The multi-weekend Texas festival is back and BMI’s can’t-miss, genre-diverse lineup is set to feature a range of rising pop, rock, country, Latin, Americana, hip-hop and R&B stars. Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Producer Chucky Thompson

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From News, posted 8.10.21. BMI was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of producer Carl E. “Chucky” Thompson, whose death was announced Monday. He was 53. As a member of Bad Boy Entertainment’s squad of in-house producers, “The Hitmen,” Thompson enjoyed a robust 30-year career with a list of production credits that is…Read more...


BMI Celebrates Babyface’s Song Camp with Star-Studded Mixer

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From News, posted 7.21.21. The stars came out in Atlanta, on July 7, as the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop team hosted the Babyface Writing Camp Mixer to support Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds’ Discovery Song Camp. This year’s iteration of the event featured two notable BMI affiliates hosting, the chart-topping Atlanta-based duo, Ayo N Keyz, who are the…Read more...


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