BMI announced today the first confirmed attendees to its Urban Awards 2003, to be held Tuesday, August 5 at Club Tropigala at the Fountainebleau Hilton Resorts & Towers in Miami Beach. Scheduled to perform a salute to Isaac Hayes are Anthony Hamilton (Arista Records), former backup singer for D'Angelo and one of Rolling Stone magazine's 10 Artists to Watch in 2003; soul singer and songwriter Bilal
(Interscope); and Floetry (DreamWorks), the female singing duo who fuse poetry with jazz and soul music. Previous ICON honorees include last year's Urban ICON James Brown
, R&B/rock legends Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Little Richard, the legendary songwriting trio Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland, and country star Bill Anderson
Among other songwriters, producers and artists confirmed to attend are multiple-platinum recording artist R. Kelly, Ja Rule, Irv Gotti, Rodney Jerkins, Chad Hugo, Mario Winans, Big Tymers, Lil Wayne, Charli Baltimore, Nappy Roots, Angie Stone and Jazze Pha. Additional names will be released as they are confirmed.
The BMI Urban Awards will recognize the songwriters and publishers of the most-played urban songs on US radio and television. An Urban Song of the Year, Urban Songwriter of the Year and Urban Publisher of the Year will be announced that night. In addition to the song awards, BMI will also honor the Top Urban Producers of 2002-2003 and the BMI writers whose songs hit #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop and Rap charts.