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September 11, 2010

BMI Honors will.i.am, Lil Wayne, Polow Da Don, EMI Music Publishing & More at Urban Awards

Press Release

LOS ANGELES, September 10, 2010 – U.S. performing right organization Broadcast Music, Inc. saluted the songwriters, producers and music publishers of the most-performed R&B, rap and hip-hop songs tonight at its annual Urban Awards. BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Catherine Brewton, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, hosted the ceremony along with Ray J at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

BMI presented the BMI President’s Award to will.i.am in recognition of The Black Eyed Peas co-founder’s work as an artist, producer, and humanitarian. The honor is bestowed on an individual who has distinctly and profoundly influenced the entertainment industry.

Lil Wayne took home his second consecutive Urban Songwriter of the Year award by writing six of the past year’s most-performed songs in BMI’s urban repertoire. “Boom Boom Pow” earned Urban Song of the Year. Co-written by will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo, The Black Eyed Peas’ smash was published by Cherry River Music Co., Jeepney Music, Inc., Tab Magnetic Publishing and will.i.am music, inc. EMI Music Publishing claimed the Urban Publisher of the Year crown, and BMI Urban Producer of the Year went to Polow Da Don.

The BMI/SunTrust #1 Show was held before the ceremony, honoring songwriters behind #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Rap Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts.

Sponsors of the 2010 BMI Urban Awards included SunTrust, Coke, Hennessy/Moet, Smart Water and TW Steel Watches.

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High-resolution photos will be available at 9 a.m. EST on September 11. Visit http://www.bmi.com/press. Password: bmimedia; username: songwriter.

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Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for 70 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.

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BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am and Jon Platt, EMI Music Publshing attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Paul Oakenfold and YG attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Malik Levy, BMI Director Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI Urban Song of the Year winner apl.de.ap, Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am, Polo Molina, Manager, Jon Platt, EMI Music Publshing and Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO and attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am, Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO, Jimmy Cliff and BMI Urban Song of the Year winner apl.de.ap attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Debra Cain and her son, BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Malik Levy, BMI Director Writer/Publisher Relations and BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Bruce Esworthy, BMI CFO, BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am and Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am and Usher perform at the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Bria Murphy and Pleasure P attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Malik Levy, BMI Director Writer/Publisher Relations, Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am, Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO and BMI Urban Song of the Year winner apl.de.ap attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO, BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am and Catherine Brewton, BMI VIce President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Usher and BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am at the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am attends the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am and Usher perform at the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO and Rick Ross attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO, Jim Jonsin and guest attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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BMI President's Award winner will.i.am, Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO and Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Malik Levy, BMI Director of Writer/Publisher Relations, Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO, Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Usher and BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO, Cali Swag District and Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA. .

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Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, B.o.B and Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, B.o.B and Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Ray J and Usher attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO, BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am and Catherine Brewton, BMI VIce President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Lala Vasquez attends the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Jimmy Cliff and Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President Writer/Publisher Relations attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Winner of BMI Urban Song of the Year apl.de.ap attends the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO, Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations and Usher attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Usher performs at the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am and Usher perform at the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Paul Oakenfold attends the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Usher performs at the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am performs at the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA. .

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Debra Cain and BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Ron Artest and Shin attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Usher performs at the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am attends the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Usher performs at the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Ray J attends the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO, Deirdre O'Hara, Chief Creative Officer, North America, BMG Rights Management and BMI Songwriter Mark Batson attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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BMI Billboard #1 Award recipient Jay Sean and Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Wardell Malloy, BMI Senior Director of Writer/Publisher Relations and Lala Vasquez attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Ray J and Jimmy Cliff attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta and Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA. .

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David Faustino, Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am, Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO and Malik Levy, Director Writer/Publisher Relations attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Winner of BMI Urban Song of the Year will.i.am and apl.de.ap attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO, Pleasure P and Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Kristina DeBarge and Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA. .

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Makeba Riddick recieves a BMI #1 Billboard Award at the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Catherine Brewton, BMI VIce President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Ron Artest, Shin and Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI President's Award recipient will.i.am and Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO attend the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Tristan Wildes attends the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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Pleasure P attends the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at the Pantages Theater on September 10, 2010 in Hollywood, CA.

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