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Bobby Rush: “Better Late Than Never”


From News, posted 3.06.23. Bobby Rush won his first GRAMMY in 2017 at the age of 83. For the living blues legend, born Emmett Ellis, Jr. in Homer, LA, winning Best Traditional Blues Album for Porcupine Meat may seem like a long time coming, but the tireless artist takes it all in stride. “I was… Read more...

BMI Remembers Pioneering Rock N’ Roll Legend Jerry Lee Lewis


From News, posted 10.28.22. BMI was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of the incomparable Jerry Lee Lewis, who died Friday at the age of 87 in his home in Desoto County, Mississippi. Nicknamed “The Killer,” Lewis was a genuine rock n’ roll pioneer who established himself very early on in his career, starting… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2022 Blues Music Award Winners and BHoF Inductees


From News, posted 5.17.22. BMI proudly congratulates its affiliates who won this year’s Blues Music Awards (BMAs), as well as those who were inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. The renowned awards show took place at the newly renovated Cook Convention Center in Memphis earlier this month. In addition to the Company’s membership in… Read more...

BMI Blues Band Rocks New York Brewers Conference


From News, posted 3.14.22. BMI helped the New York State Brewers Association honor excellence in brewing in the Empire State by bringing The Dwayne Haggins Band to perform at their Craft Beer Competition Awards Ceremony after party held in conjunction with the NYSBA annual conference in Albany. Dwayne Haggins is a BMI songwriter based in… Read more...

BMI Celebrates Black Music Month


From News, posted 6.01.21. Throughout the month of June, BMI will proudly honor Black Music Month, a time to recognize the immeasurable influence and incredible impact of Black music on genres across the spectrum. Black songwriters, artists and musicians have created, inspired and nurtured styles such as Gospel, folk, blues, jazz, R&B, rock, country, pop,… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2021 GRAMMY Award Winners


From News, posted 3.15.21. BMI is once again exceptionally proud of its many affiliates who received music’s highest honors, yesterday, during the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, this year’s ceremony was unlike any other, given precautions over the pandemic, with no large audience in attendance. With awards presented at… Read more...

Exhuming the Blues: ‘Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969’ 50 Years Later


From News, posted 1.03.20. Though not as widely celebrated as other music festivals of its era, the 1969 edition of the Ann Arbor Blues Festival is hailed by many blues purists, acolytes and ardent fans as being just as significant as Woodstock. A seismic gathering of notables from the blues’ past, its then-present and its… Read more...

BMI Congratulates its 2020 GRAMMY Award Nominees


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, November… Read more...

2019 Blues Music Awards Pay Tribute to the Late Michael Ledbetter and More


From News, posted 5.15.19. BMI affiliates made another strong showing at the 40th Blues Music Awards ceremony, which was held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN on May 9. Despite being an evening of celebration for the Blues community, this year’s ceremony had bittersweet poignance as the top award winner was BMI… Read more...

BMI Congratulates Its 2019 GRAMMY Winners


From News, posted 2.11.19. Music’s biggest night returned to Los Angeles’ Staple Center, last night, for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, and true to form, a robust showing of BMI affiliates went home with the gold.  Childish Gambino’s incendiary single “This is America” made history by being the first rap song to win both the… Read more...

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