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January 14, 2011

Commissioned and Pastor Shirley Caesar Honored as 2011 BMI Trailblazers

Press Release

NASHVILLE, January 14, 2011 – BMI honored gospel greats Commissioned and Pastor Shirley Caesar at the organization’s 12th Annual Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon. The event was held January 14, 2011, at Rocketown in Nashville and was hosted by Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, and Del Bryant, BMI President & CEO.

The ceremony will be telecast as a special on the Gospel Music Channel Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 7 p.m.; an encore presentation will air at 8:30 p.m.

BeBe & CeCe Winans’ “Close to You” was named BMI’s Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year. Written by BeBe Winans and published by Music of Everhits, the song also earned the 2010 Dove Award for Urban Recorded Song of the Year. BeBe & CeCe Winans celebrated the honor with a blazing performance of “Close to You.”

Donnie McClurkin co-hosted the musical tribute to Pastor Caesar, which featured spine-tingling musical performances by Arnetta Murrill, Ledisi, Lucinda Moore, Beverly Crawford, and Kim Burrell.

Kim Burrell also anchored the homage to Commissioned. A commanding musical tribute was delivered by Dawkins & Dawkins, Men of Standard, Parkes Stewart and Deitrick Haddon, The Clark Sisters, and Marvin Sapp with The Soul Seekers.

The original members of Commissioned gathered on stage for the finale, marking the group’s first performance together in over a decade. They were greeted with a standing ovation by the audience of gospel music’s premier songwriters and recording artists, executives, and legends.

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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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Forever Jones pause for a photo at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Men of Standard perform at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Pictured at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville are Dorinda Clark Cole and BMI President & CEO Del Bryant.

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Onstage at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville are Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp.

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Onstage at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville are BMI President & CEO Del Bryant; Commissioned's Karl Reid, Maxx Frank, and Fred Hammond; Pastor Shirley Caesar; Commissioned's Michael Williams, Mitchell Jones, Keith Staten, Montrel Darrett, Michael Brooks, and Marvin Sapp; BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton; and BMI Senior Director, Writer Publisher Relations Wardell Malloy.

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Commissioned performs at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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The Clark Sisters perform at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Onstage at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville is BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton; Pastor Shirley Caesar; BMI Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Wardell Malloy; and BMI President & CEO Del Bryant.

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Ledisi performs at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Pictured at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville are BMI President & CEO Del Bryant, Joe Wilson, Donald Lawrence, and Dewayne Woods.

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Kim Burrell and Donnie McClurkin onstage at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Commissioned performs at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Deitrick Haddon performs at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Dawkins & Dawkins perform at the12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Ledisi performs at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Kim Burrell performs at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Beverly Crawford and Pastor Shirley Caesar at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Lucinda Moore performs at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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CeCe & BeBe Winans backstage at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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CeCe Winans and BeBe Winans deliver an inspiring performance at the12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton greets the attendees at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Kim Burrell, Eric Dawkins and Isaac Carree pause for a photo at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Actress Kim Fields greets Donnie McClurkin at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton and Donnie McClurkin pause for a photo at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Dewayne Woods at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Darrell Hines, Byron Cage and BeBe Winans at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Actress Kim Fields arrives at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Marvin Sapp at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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BMI's Malik Levy (l) and Wardell Malloy flank Marvin Sapp at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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The Soul Seekers arrive at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Bryon Cage pauses for a photo at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Isaac Carree of Men of Standard arrives at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Kim Burrell at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Deitrick Haddon and his wife Damita at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Fred Hammond pauses for a photo at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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BMI Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Wardell Malloy (l) and BMI President & CEO Del Bryant flank Fred Hammond at the the12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Sandra Crouch and her brother Andraa Crouch arrive at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Pastor Shirley Caesar arrives at the12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and BMI Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Wardell Malloy greet Pastor Shirley Caesar at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Lucinda Moore at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Brian C Wilson at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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The Clark Sisters arrive at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Pictured at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon are Trinitee 5:7.

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Jessica Reedy arrives at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Pictured at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon is Beverly Crawford.

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Commissioned arrives at the12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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BeBe Winans pauses for a photo at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Pastor Shirley Caesar at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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BMI President & CEO, Del Bryant; BeBe and CeCe Winans; BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Catherine Brewton; and BMI Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations Wardell Malloy on stage at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville.

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Onstage at the 12th Annual BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Awards Luncheon, held January 14 in Nashville are Commissioned's Karl Reid and Maxx Frank; Pastor Shirley Caesar; Comissioned's Fred Hammond, Michael Williams, Mitchell Jones, Keith Staten, Michael Brooks and Marvin Sapp.

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