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

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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

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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...


BMI Congratulates its 2019 GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 12.13.18. BMI is exceptionally proud to congratulate its many affiliates nominated for awards by the Recording Academy at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, scheduled to be held on February 10, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nominations for the music industry’s most prestigious accolades were announced on December 7. In the… Read more...


Legendary Guitarist and Songwriter Steve Cropper to be Named BMI Icon at 2018 BMI Country Awards

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From News, posted 10.09.18. BMI will proudly celebrate the extraordinary career of Steve Cropper by naming him a BMI Icon at the 66th annual BMI Country Awards to be held Tuesday, November 13. Cropper will receive this honor in recognition of his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. The event, which will… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 1.29.18. The 60th GRAMMY Awards returned to New York City, last night, for the first time since 2003, for a special anniversary celebration on the hallowed stage of Madison Square Garden. BMI songwriters from across the genre spectrum were on hand to claim their well-earned accolades for some of the year’s most… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2018 GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 11.28.17. BMI is very proud to congratulate our many talented affiliates on their prestigious GRAMMY nominations, which were announced this morning by the Recording Academy. The 60th GRAMMY Awards, to be held in Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, January 28, 2018, will salute a wide array of BMI… Read more...


BMI Affiliates Rhiannon Giddens & Tyshawn Sorey Named MacArthur Fellows

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From News, posted 10.14.17. BMI is proud to share the news that singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter Rhiannon Giddens and instrumentalist, improviser, composer, ensemble leader and conductor Tyshawn Sorey have been selected to receive fellowships from the prestigious MacArthur Foundation. Fellowships award $625,000 to each individual recipient as an investment in their potential. Giddens and Sorey… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its Blues Hall of Fame Inductees and 2017 Award Winners

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From News, posted 5.22.17. BMI is proud to congratulate the BMI songwriters who were inducted into the renowned Blues Hall of Fame this year, as well as those who took home awards at the 38th Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Both events were dominated by BMI affiliates and included these esteemed members: Blues… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Rock ‘N’ Roll Icon, Chuck Berry

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From News, posted 3.20.17. BMI mourns the loss of legendary rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry, who passed away on March 18 at the age of 90. An innovative guitarist, a masterful songwriter and the consummate showman, Chuck Berry almost single-handedly forged the template for countless songwriters to emulate. He affiliated with BMI in 1955,… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2017 GRAMMY Winners

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From News, posted 2.14.17. It was another triumphant night for BMI writers at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, as songwriter after songwriter took the stage to claim GRAMMY gold. A truly unstoppable force, Adele continued her reign as pop monarch, claiming five awards, including Record of the Year,… Read more...


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