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Wizkid, Tems and P2J Capture the “Essence” of Success in Platinum

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From News, posted 10.20.21. BMI proudly congratulates international affiliates Wizkid, Tems and P2J on becoming the first African artists to certify Platinum in the U.S. Their combined work on “Essence” first earned the three a place in history when the song, which was recorded by Wizkid featuring Tems, went gold. Powerhouses individually as well as… Read more...


BMI Celebrates Black Music Month

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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 Celebrates Black History Month

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From News, posted 2.01.21. BMI is proud to celebrate Black History Month, the annual recognition of Black achievements and their importance in American history and culture. Since its founding in 1939, BMI’s repertoire has been distinguished by Black songwriters and composers across every genre, and we have been truly honored to represent innovators like Howlin’… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2021 GRAMMY Nominees

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From News, posted 11.24.20. In a year like no other, BMI is once again very excited to congratulate its many talented affiliates who received GRAMMY nominations in recognition of their contributions to the year’s most impactful music. As the industry’s highest accolade, the prestigious GRAMMY Awards celebrate the very best in the fields of songwriting,… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Gaynel Hodge

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From News, posted 6.08.20. BMI is saddened to learn that longtime affiliate Gaynel Hodge passed away in Amsterdam on June 2 at the age of 83. An accomplished singer, songwriter, pianist and musical director, Hodge is invariably most renowned for co-writing the multi-platinum hit and doo-wop classic “Earth Angel,” released by The Penguins in 1954.… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Little Richard, Architect of Rock n’ Roll

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From News, posted 5.09.20. BMI is deeply saddened that world renowned rock n’ roll pioneer Little Richard passed away today in Nashville at the age of 87. Born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia in 1932, Little Richard not only forged a sound that would influence decades of songwriters, but also brought a bold theatricality… Read more...


BMI Congratulates its 2020 GRAMMY Award Nominees

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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...


Brandy Honored with the BMI President’s Award at the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

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From News, posted 8.30.19. BMI celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the past year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs during the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held at the Sandy Springs Arts Center in Atlanta. Multiple-award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Brandy received the BMI President’s Award in recognition of her powerful impact on the entertainment industry and her… Read more...


BMI Mourns the Loss of Art Neville

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From News, posted 7.23.19. BMI is saddened by the news of the passing on Monday of Art Neville. Neville (a.k.a “Poppa Funk”) was renowned for his work as a singer, keyboardist and co-founder of The Meters, as well as the Neville Brothers, which he founded with three of his brothers, Aaron, Cyril and Charles. Both… Read more...


BMI Congratulates Zuberi “@uD!o” Mackson for Winning The Curtis Mayfield Scholarship Award

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From News, posted 6.18.19. BMI is proud to congratulate versatile singer/songwriter/producer Zuberi “@uD!o” Mackson for earning the 2019 Curtis Mayfield Scholarship Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Originally from Lakewood, New Jersey, this up-and-coming music creator first started defining his vocation at Five Towns Music College in Dix Hills, New York, delving deeply into… Read more...


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