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Nile Rodgers Honored as BMI Icon at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

John Legend, DJ Mustard and Universal Music Publishing Group Also Among Honorees at Ceremony in Beverly Hills

Posted in News on August 29, 2015
(L-R) Recording artist DJ Mustard, BMI President & CEO Mike O'Neill 2015 BMI Icon Award recipient Nile Rodgers and BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton onstage at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Saban Theatre on August 28, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
(L-R) Recording artist DJ Mustard, BMI President & CEO Mike O'Neill 2015 BMI Icon Award recipient Nile Rodgers and BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton onstage at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Saban Theatre on August 28, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images for BMI

BMI proudly presented its BMI Icon award to GRAMMY-winning songwriter, composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, Nile Rodgers, at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. The star-studded event, held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on August 28, also celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year.

Rodgers was honored for his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers and his ability to connect people through song while defying musical expectations. As the 2015 BMI Icon award recipient, Rodgers joins an elite list of previous honorees that includes The Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard and Al Green, to name a few.

The evening featured a slew of performances: B.o.B opened with a medley of hits followed by IloveMakonnen, who kept the energy going with “Tuesday.” Backed by music director Rickey Minor, as well as band and Donald Lawrence’s vocals, the high-powered Icon tribute was kicked off by R&B chanteuses Kelly Price covering “Upside Down,” Deborah Cox’s delivery of “I’m Coming Out,” Kathy Sledge and the Company offering a rousing rendition of “We Are Family,” and Empire’s V. Bozeman’s vibrant version of “I Want Your Love.” The celebration continued with CeeLo Green’s dynamic performance of “Let’s Dance.” The night concluded with the top honoree taking the stage to perform fan favorites “Good Times” and “Rappers Delight,” with hip-hop legend Chuck D joining Rodgers.

Additional top honors presented at the awards ceremony included John Legend’s “All of Me,” which earned Song of the Year and DJ Mustard, who was crowned Songwriter of the Year for penning hits “2 On,” “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” “I Don’t F**ck With You,” “Main Chick,” “My Hitta,” “Na Na,” “No Mediocre,” “Paranoid,” “Show Me,” and “Who Do You Love?”  DJ Mustard also won the coveted Producer of the Year award for the second year in a row, while Universal Music Publishing Group accepted the prestigious Publisher of the Year crystal for having 18 of the most-performed songs from the previous year. BMI also recognized top producers Kanye West, J Cole, Jim Jonsin, Michael “Finatik” Mulé and Isaac De Boni.

Selected by fans voting via Twitter and Instagram, SoMo won the BMI Social Star Award, which salutes the BMI R&B/hip-hop songwriter who has best demonstrated the power of social media to showcase their songwriting talents.

BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton, shared the evening’s hosting duties with R&B artist and actor Ray J, while guests celebrated and enjoyed Red Bull cocktails during the evening’s festivities. BMI partnered with HD Radio, TW Steel, Provider Inc. and KIND Snacks to present the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

To watch an exclusive interview with BMI Icon Nile Rodgers, click here!

Here’s the full list of 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards winners:

ICON AWARD

Nile Rodgers

R&B/HIP-HOP SONG OF THE YEAR

“All of Me”
John Legend
Tobias Gad*
John Legend Publishing

R&B/HIP-HOP SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

DJ Mustard
“2 On”
“Don’t Tell ‘Em”
“I Don’t F**k With You”
“Main Chick”
“My Hitta”
“Na Na”
“No Mediocre”
“Paranoid”
“Show Me”
“Who Do You Love?”

R&B/HIP-HOP PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR

UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP
“Anaconda”
“Beg For It”
“Don’t Tell ‘Em”
“Fancy”
“It Won’t Stop”
“Lifestyle”
“Main Chick”
“Move That Doh”
“My Hitta”
“New Flame”
“Paranoid”
“Show Me”
“Talk Dirty”
“The Man”
“Trophies”
“Tuesday”
“Who Do You Love?”
“Wiggle”

R&B/HIP-HOP PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

DJ Mustard

35 BMI Most Performed R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

2 ON
Bobby Brackins
DJ Mustard
Quincey “Schoolboy Q” Hanley
Jean-Robert Redwine
Tinashe
BMG Platinum Songs US
Mustard on the Beat Publishing
Primary Wave Beats
Red Soundscapes
Schoolboy Q Music
Settled Publishing
SONGS MP
Sony/ATV Ballad
Sony/ATV Songs LLC

23
Miley Cyrus
Jordan “Juicy J” Houston
Pierre Ramon Slaughter
Wiz Khalifa
Deeetta Music
Suga Bear Recordz Publishing
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Wiz Khalifa Publishing

ALL ME
George Clinton
Dwane Weir
Bridgeport Music, Inc.
Sean Michael Anderson Music
Wane County
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

ALL OF ME
John Legend
John Legend Publishing

ANACONDA
AnonXmous
Nicki Minaj
Polow Da Don
Sir Mix-a-Lot
Harajuku Barbie Music
I Love Belize Pub
Mix-a-Lot Publishing
Money Mack Music
My Diet Starts Tomorrow, Inc.
Songs of Universal, Inc.
U Can’t Teach Bein’ The Shhh, Inc.

BEG FOR IT
George Astasio
Kurtis McKenzie
Jason Pebworth
Jon Shave
John Turner
Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Ballad
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Turn First Music Publishing
Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.

BELIEVE ME
Anderson “Vinylz” Hernandez
Lil Wayne
BMG Platinum Songs US
Kenobi Songs Publishing
Songs By Vinylz
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Young Money Publishing, Inc.

BLACK WIDOW
Benjamin “Benny Blanco” Levin
Matza Ballzack Music
Where Da Kasz At?

DON’T TELL ‘EM
Thea Austin
DJ Mustard
Mick Schultz
YG
Irving Music
Mick Schultz Publishing
Mustard on the Beat Publishing
SONGS MP
Spirit One Music
Universal Music-Careers
YG 400 Publishing

DRUNK IN LOVE
Rasool Diaz
Noel “Detail” Fisher
Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon
Andre Eric Proctor
Brian Soko
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
If You Need Me Don’t Leave Me
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

FANCY
George Astasio
Kurtis McKenzie
Jason Pebworth
Jon Shave
John Turner
Sony/ATV Ballad
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Turn First Music Publishing
Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.

FIREBALL
Ilsey Juber
Joe London
Armando “Pitbull” Perez
Tom Peyton
Ricky Reed
John Ryan
Andreas “Axident” Schuller
Abuela Y Tia Songs LLC
Artist 101 Publishing Group
BMG Platinum Songs US
Bob Erotik Music
Honua Songs
Lord Boyce
Music of BIG DEAL
Nice Life
Reach Music Songs
Songs From The Boardwalk
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Sparko Phone Music
The Family Songbook
The Viking Pimp Music

I DON’T F**K WITH YOU
DJ Mustard
Willie Hansbro
Earl “E-40” Stevens
Dwane Weir
Kanye West
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Heavy On The Grind Entergament Music
Mustard on the Beat Publishing
Please Gimme My Publishing, Inc.
Sayitainttone Songs
Sean Michael Anderson Music
SONGS MP
Swizole Music
Wane County
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

IT WON’T STOP
Ryan Buendia (DJ Replay)
Michael McHenry
Micah Powell
August Rush Music
Downtown DMP Songs
Ryan Buendia Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.

LIFESTYLE
Dequantes Lamar p/k/a Rich Homie Quan
Bryan “Baby” Williams
Young Thug
Money Mack Music
RichHomiez Publishing
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Songs of YSL Music Publishing
TIG7 Publishing LLC

LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD
Paul Anka
Michael Jackson
Mijac Music
Paulanne Music, Inc.

MAIN CHICK
Chris Brown
DJ Mustard
Culture Beyond Ur Experience Publishing
Mustard on the Beat Publishing
SONGS MP
Songs of Universal, Inc.

MOVE THAT DOH
Casino
Ray Davies (PRS)
Future
Pusha T
Pierre Ramon Slaughter
Empire Strikes First
Irving Music
Jay-Boy Music Corp.
Nayvadius Maximus Music
Neighborhood Pusha Publishing
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

MY HITTA
Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus
DJ Mustard
Awood “Mr. Magic” Johnson
Dequantes Lamar p/k/a Rich Homie Quan
Craig “KLC” Lawson
Corey “C Murder” Miller
YG
Young Jeezy
Block Off Broad Publishing
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Irving Music
L P Boyz Music LLC
Mustard on the Beat Publishing
My Own Chit Publishing
RichHomiez Publishing
SONGS MP
TIG7 Publishing LLC
Ultra Empire Music
YG 400 Publishing
Young Jeezy Music

NA NA
DJ Mustard
Salaam Remi
Teena Marie
Trey Songz
April’s Boy Music LLC
Mustard on the Beat Publishing
SONGS MP
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

NEW FLAME
Eric Bellinger
Chris Brown
Malissa Hunter
Justin “Count Justice” Johnson
Rick Ross
Maurice “Verse” Simmonds
4 Blunts Lit At Once Publishing
BMG Platinum Songs US
Bu Thiam Publishing
Culture Beyond Ur Experience Publishing
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
First and Gold Publishing
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Verse and Sham Music Publishing

NO MEDIOCRE
DJ Mustard
Mustard on the Beat Publishing
SONGS MP

PARANOID
B.o.B
DJ Mustard
Tyrone William “Ty$” Griffin, Jr.
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Ham Squad Music
Its Drugs Publishing
Mustard on the Beat Publishing
SONGS MP
Songs of Universal, Inc.

PART II (ON THE RUN)
Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

PARTITION
Mike Dean
Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon
Dwane Weir
Papa George Music
Sean Michael Anderson Music
Wane County
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

SHOW ME
Chris Brown
DJ Mustard
Allen George
Christian “TeeFlii” Jones
Fred McFarlane
Culture Beyond Ur Experience Publishing
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Exscuse My Liquor Music
Mustard on the Beat Publishing
peermusic lll, Ltd.
Song-A-Tron Music
SONGS MP
Songs of 7 Kings
Songs of Universal, Inc.

STUDIO
Quincey “Schoolboy Q” Hanley
Schoolboy Q Music
Sony/ATV Ballad

TALK DIRTY
Jason Derülo
Sean Douglas
Jason Evigan
Tamir Muskat
Ricky Reed
Bad Robot
BELUGA HEIGHTS MUSIC
BMG Platinum Songs US
Eastman Pond Publishing
Irving Music
Jason Derülo Publishing
Muskatlove Music
Songs From The Boardwalk
SONGS MP
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

THE MAN
Sam Barsh
DJ Khalil
Elton John (PRS)
Bernie Taupin
HH Music Worldwide
Jaleesa and Mahdi’s Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.

TOM FORD
Chris Godbey
Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon
Sony/ATV Ballad
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

TROPHIES
Chauncey “Hit Boy” Hollis
Raymond “ReyReel” Martin
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Sony/ATV Ballad
U Can’t Teach Bein’ The Shhh, Inc.

TUESDAY
Metro Boomin
Makonnen Sheran
Sonny Digital
Bangvillage 247 Publishing LLC
Irving Music
Pluto Mars Music
Red Dragon Boy Music
Sonny Digital Music Group
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

WHO DO YOU LOVE?
William Bell
DJ Mustard
Anthony Forté Rappin’ 4-Tay
Booker T. Jones
YG
Irving Music
Mustard on the Beat Publishing
Rag Top Publishing
SONGS MP
Songs of Universal, Inc.
YG 400 Publishing

WIGGLE
Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus
Jason Derülo
Sean Douglas
Joe London
Ricky Reed
John Ryan
Andreas “Axident” Schuller
Artist 101 Publishing Group
BELUGA HEIGHTS MUSIC
BMG Platinum Songs US
Bob Erotik Music
Eastman Pond Publishing
Honua Songs
Irving Music
Jason Derülo Publishing
Music of BIG DEAL
My Own Chit Publishing
Nice Life
Songs From The Boardwalk
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
The Family Songbook
The Viking Pimp Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

WILD WILD LOVE
Ammar Malik
Armando “Pitbull” Perez
Abuela Y Tia Songs LLC
Maru Cha Cha
Sony/ATV Songs LLC

 

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