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September 5, 2008

BMI Honors The Jacksons, T-Pain & Many More at Urban Awards in Los Angeles

Press Release

LOS ANGELES, September 4, 2008 – U.S. performing right organization BMI saluted the world’s premier r&b, rap and hip-hop songwriters, producers and publishers tonight at its Urban Awards. BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta Catherine Brewton hosted the annual ceremony at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills.

The industry’s hottest songwriter/artistT-Pain earned the coveted Songwriter of the Year crown and shared the Producer of the Year trophy with crossover king Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem and hip-hop visionaryKanye West. Song of the Year honors went to Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable,” co-written by Ne-Yo, Amund Bjøerklund (TONO) and Espen Lind (TONO), while Universal Music Publishing Group secured the Publisher of the Year title.

The night’s festivities culminated with the presentation of the prestigious BMI Icon Award to legends The Jacksons, whose achievements were celebrated with a musical tribute. Throughout the ceremony, the audience also enjoyed live performances of many of the award-winning songs by music’s biggest stars including Rick Ross, T-Pain, Lil’ Wayne, Ray J, LLOYD, Mario, JoJo, Keri Hilson and Yung Berg.

T-Pain’s resounding claim to the Songwriter of the Year title is buoyed by his jaw-dropping seven contributions to BMI’s most-performed list: “Bartender,” “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’),” “Cyclone,” “Good Life,” “I’m a Flirt,” “Kiss Kiss,”“Low” and “Shawty.” The past year found T-Pain everywhere, as he collaborated with hip-hop’s elite including Yung Joc, Akon, Baby Bash, Kanye West, R. Kelly, T.I., Chris Brown, Flo Rida and Plies. Flo Rida’s “Flow” featuring T-Pain became an international smash, topping charts in a diverse slew of countries including Finland, Ireland and Australia.

Song of the Year “Irreplaceable” also topped charts all over the world, reigning at the no. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for ten consecutive weeks. Co-penned by Ne-Yo, along with songwriters Amund Bjøerklund and Espen Lind (both members of Norwegian performing right society TONO and represented in the U.S. by BMI), and published by EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc., Super Sayin’ Publishing and Universal Music-Z Songs, Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” was certified multi-platinum and became the United States’ best-selling single of 2007.

One of pop music’s most influential quintets, The Jacksons blazed a trail for r&b and pop music, creating a sound and musical image that is emulated to this day. Hailing from Gary, Indiana, and formed in 1966, the Jackson brothers—Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael and, joining in 1976, younger brother Randy—were a true American success story, transcending race and redefining the sound of pop and r&b music. They were the first group to have their first four singles hit no. 1, and they remain one of the most globally influential pop and r&b groups in history. The Jackson 5 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In addition to being premier recording and performing artists, the Jacksons wrote multiple hits, including the ’80s “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),” “2300 Jackson Street,” “Can You Feel It,” and “State of Shock.”

T-Pain, Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem and Kanye West shared the Producer of the Year win thanks to individually logging the most producer credits on charting songs over the past year. The BMI Top Urban Producers list also included DJ Montay, Mr. ColliPark, Polow Da Don, Rodney Jerkins, Soulja Boy Tell’em and will.i.am.

Universal Music Publishing Group earned the BMI Urban Publisher of the Year trophy by scoring the highest percentage of copyright ownership in award songs. The publishing giant’s twenty hits on the most-performed list include “Throw Some D’s” recorded by Rich Boy featuring Polow Da Don; Song of the Year “Irreplaceable;” Flo Rida’s “Low” featuring T-Pain; “You” recorded by LLOYD featuring Lil’ Wayne and Ciara’s “Promise.”

In addition to the BMI performance awards, trade publication Billboard recognized the BMI-affiliated writers whose songs reached No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Tracks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Hot 100 charts during the past year.

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 375,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI’s latest financial results, $901 million for its 2008 fiscal year, are the highest performing right collections for any copyright organization in the world. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for over 65 years. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

For a complete list of 2008 BMI Urban Awards winners, please visit bmi.com/urban and bmi.com/press. Media can access high-resolution photos and event information at bmi.com/press. To request access, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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(L-R) BMI Icons Tito, Jackie, Randy Jackson, Marlon pose at the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Recording artist Mario performs the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer Christina Milian attends the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Recording artist Cee-Lo Green attends the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Recording artist T-Pain attends the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Nicole Murphy attends the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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(L-R) Recording artist T-Pain, VP of writer/publisher relations for BMI Catherine Brewton and BMI President & CEO Del Bryant attend the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Actor Corey Feldman (R) and wife Susie Feldman attend the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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(L-R) Recording artist Cee-Lo Green and BMI President & CEO Del Bryant attend the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer Keri Hilson attends the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Angela (L) and Vanessa Simmons attend the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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(L-R) VP of writer/publisher relations for BMI Catherine Brewton, recording artist Ray J, and BMI President & CEO Del Bryant attend the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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(L-R) VP of writer/publisher relations for BMI Catherine Brewton, actress Tatyana Ali, and BMI President & CEO Del Bryant attend the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Recording artist Mel B attends the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Recording artist T-Pain accepts his award the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Recording artists T-Pain (L) Rick Ross perform during the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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BET's Toccara Jones attends the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Recording artist Keri Hilson performs during the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer Janet Jackson presents the BMI Icon Award to her brothers at the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Recording artists JoJo (L) and Lloyd perform during the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Singer Janet Jackson presents the BMI Icon Award to her brothers at the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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(L-R) Marlon, Tito, Janet, Jackie, and Randy Jackson pose with their BMI Icon Awards during the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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(L-R) BMI President & CEO Del Bryant, with BMI Icons Tito, Jackie, Randy Jackson, Marlon, and VP of writer/publisher relations for BMI Catherine Brewton at the 2008 BMI Urban Awards held at the Wilshire Theatre on September 4, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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