Soul music legend Isaac Hayes will be honored as a BMI ICON for his enduring influence on generations of music makers. Previous honorees include last year's Urban ICON James Brown, country songwriter Bill Anderson, R&B/rock legends Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Little Richard, and the Motown songwriting trio Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland.
The BMI Urban Awards will recognize the songwriters and publishers of the most played urban songs on U.S. radio and television. An Urban Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Publisher of the Year will be named that night. In addition to those awards, BMI will also honor the Top 10 Producers of the past year as well as the BMI writers whose songs reached the #1 spots on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop and Hot Rap Tracks charts.