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BMI Mourns the Loss of Juice WRLD

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From News, posted 12.09.19. BMI is profoundly saddened to learn of the death of rapper/singer/songwriter Juice WRLD, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 21. A remarkable talent with tremendous promise, Juice WRLD – whose real name was Jarad Anthony Higgins – was on his way to forging an impactful career…Read more...


BMI’s “Know Them Now – Thank You for Hip-Hop” Showcase Puts Spotlight on Emerging Talent

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From News, posted 12.04.19. Last week, BMI presented it’s Know Them Now -Thank You For Hip-Hop showcase at New York City’s legendary S.O.B.’s. The event featured some of BMI’s most promising songwriters and producers, who have begun to generate a loyal fanbase and are ready to break into New York’s hip-hop music scene, including…Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 GRAMMY Award Nominees

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From News, posted 11.21.19. BMI is once again very proud to congratulate its many affiliates nominated for recognition by the Recording Academy at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, scheduled to be held on January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Nominations for the music industry’s most prestigious accolades were announced on Wednesday,…Read more...


Still Striving & Prospering: Five Minutes with A$AP Ferg

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From The Weekly, posted 9.24.19. On the eve of the release of his acclaimed new EP, Floor Seats, Harlem native, A$AP Mob rapper and BMI songwriter A$AP Ferg dropped by BMI’s New York office in the World Trade Center. We quickly sat down with him to discuss his new material, his approach to making music…Read more...


Brandy Honored with the BMI President’s Award at the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

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From News, posted 8.30.19. BMI celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the past year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs during the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held at the Sandy Springs Arts Center in Atlanta. Multiple-award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Brandy received the BMI President’s Award in recognition of her powerful impact on the entertainment industry and…Read more...


Brandy to be Honored With the BMI President’s Award at the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

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From News, posted 7.31.19. BMI will honor multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Brandy with the BMI President’s Award at its 2019 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Thursday, August 29. The private event, held at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice…Read more...


BMI Hosts Summer Mixer with Performances by Trevor Jackson, Ceraadi and Ghoss

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From News, posted 7.30.19. BMI and Live Nation hosted a Summer Mixer for breakout artists Trevor Jackson, Ceraadi and Ghoss on Tuesday, July 23, in Beverly Hills. The intimate venue was the perfect setting for the performers and allowed attendees to mingle and network in a creative environment. Fans enjoyed live sets by the…Read more...


Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” Becomes Longest Hot 100 No. 1 in History

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From News, posted 7.29.19. Songs like “Old Town Road” by BMI rapper/songwriter Lil Nas X only come around every so often. But when they do, there is absolutely no mistaking their impact. This Georgia rapper’s breakout single – a beguiling, mid-tempo track that blurs the parameters between hip-hop, trap and country music, featuring a…Read more...


Sir Nolan Shares His “No Brainer” Tips for Songwriting Success

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From MusicWorld, posted 7.17.19. When Sir Nolan starts talking about his life and career these days, one word tends to come up again and again: evolution. That makes sense, considering that in the two years since MusicWorld last checked in with the U.K.-bred Nolan Lambroza, he’s continued to grow not only as an acclaimed…Read more...


BMI Congratulates Zuberi “@uD!o” Mackson for Winning The Curtis Mayfield Scholarship Award

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From News, posted 6.18.19. BMI is proud to congratulate versatile singer/songwriter/producer Zuberi “@uD!o” Mackson for earning the 2019 Curtis Mayfield Scholarship Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Originally from Lakewood, New Jersey, this up-and-coming music creator first started defining his vocation at Five Towns Music College in Dix Hills, New York, delving deeply…Read more...


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