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August 27, 2011

BMI Urban Awards: Press Release and Winners List

Snoop Dogg, Drake, B.o.B, Lex Luger, Universal Music Publishing & More Honored at BMI Urban Awards
Dr. Dre, Warren G, Nas, Bootsy Collins, Wiz Khalifa, Too $hort, Game and others rally to celebrate Snoop Dogg’s career

Press Release

LOS ANGELES, August 26, 2011 – Urban music’s top creators shared the stage tonight at BMI’s Urban Awards at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. The annual event celebrates the songwriters, producers and music publishers of the past year’s most-performed r&b, rap and hip-hop songs in the BMI repertoire.

The 2011 ceremony featured high-wattage star power and broke BMI records. The incomparable Snoop Dogg was honored as a BMI Icon. With seven songs among the most-performed, Drake accepted his first BMI Urban Songwriter of the Year crown. At 22, B.o.B became the youngest songwriter ever to win BMI Urban Song of the Year thanks to his “Nothin’ on You,” featuring Bruno Mars.

Only 20 years old, Lexus “Lex Luger” Lewis carved out his own place in BMI history, becoming the youngest ever to be named BMI Urban Producer of the Year. In addition to Luger, BMI honored Top Producers Polow Da Don, Daniel “Kane Beatz” Johnson, R. Kelly and Kanye West.

Universal Music Publishing Group scored 13 songs among the year’s most-performed and claimed the BMI Urban Publisher of the Year crystal.

A stacked live musical tribute paid homage to Snoop Dogg. Wiz Khalifa kicked off the tribute with “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang”; The Lady of Rage followed with “Deep Cover”; Too $hort delivered “Gin & Juice”; Warren G, Kurupt and Daz Dillinger came together for “Ain’t No Fun”; Game performed “Murder was the Case”; Charlie Wilson delivered “Beautiful”; Akon followed with “Sexual Seduction”; Nas and Kurupt wowed with “Next Episode”; and lastly, Aftermath’s Dr. Dre offered a heartfelt speech before Snoop Dogg himself joined Bootsy Collins and Charlie Wilson on stage to deliver “What’s My Name?” as the towering finale.

BMI honors songwriters who have had a “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” as Icons. Snoop Dogg joins a list of past honorees that includes George Clinton, The Jacksons, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, The Bee Gees, Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, to name but a few.

BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Catherine Brewton, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, hosted the 2011 BMI Urban Awards. For a full list of winners, visit www.bmi.com/urban or scroll to the bottom of this release.

Photo and video footage, including interviews, performances and the Icon acceptance speech can be accessed via the official EPKlink:
http://www.epklink.com/2011bmiurbanawards

High-resolution photos will be available at 9 a.m. PST on August 27.
Visit www.bmi.com/press. Username: bmimedia; Password: songwriter.

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Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI), a global leader in rights management, 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. BMI songwriters and composers were the most celebrated creative voices in awards presentations and on the charts during the past year, accounting for almost two-thirds of the Grammy Awards and dominating other key awards and honors presentations across all genres of music.
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2011 BMI Urban Music Awards

BMI Icon
SNOOP DOGG

Urban Songwriter of the Year
DRAKE
“Bedrock”
“Find Your Love”
“I Invented Sex”
“Money To Blow”
“Over”
“Say Something”
“Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”

Urban Song of the Year
“NOTHIN’ ON YOU”
B.o.B
Ham Squad Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars

Urban Publisher of the Year
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP
“Airplanes”
“Bedrock”
“Bottoms Up”
“Deuces”
“Hot Tottie”
“How Low”
“Love the Way You Lie”
“My Chick Bad”
“Not Afraid”
“Nothin’ On You”
“Papers”
“Sex Therapy”
“Your Love”

Urban Producer of the Year
LEXUS “LEX LUGER” LEWIS

Top Urban Producers
POLOW DA DON
DANIEL “KANE BEATZ” JOHNSON
R. KELLY
KANYE WEST

Award-Winning Songs

AIRPLANES
Alex Da Kid
B.o.B
Ham Squad Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
Rebelrock/Grand Hustle/Atlantic

BEDROCK
Jasper Cameron
Drake (SOCAN)
Daniel “Kane Beatz” Johnson
Lil Wayne
Lloyd
Nicki Minaj
Tyga
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Goldie’s Playhouse Publishing
Harajuku Barbie Music
Live Write LLC
Money Mack Music
Pretty Girls and Big Love Songs
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Tygaman Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Young Money Publishing, Inc.
Young Money featuring Lloyd
Young Money/Cash Money/Univ Mo

BITTERSWEET
Claude Kelly
Studio Beast Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Fantasia
J/RMG

BOTTOMS UP
Daniel “Kane Beatz” Johnson
Edrick Miles
Nicki Minaj
Tony “Chef Tone” Scales
Trey Songz
April’s Boy Music LLC
Chef Huxtable Music Publishing
E. Miles Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Harajuku Barbie Music
Money Mack Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj
Song Book/Atlantic

DEUCES
Chris Brown
Kevin McCall
Tyga
Culture Beyond Ur Experience Publishing
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Kmacnificent
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Tygaman Music
Chris Brown featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall
Jive/JLG

EVERYTHING TO ME
Fritz Baskett
Clarence McDonald
VIP Rosebud Music
Monica
J/RMG

FIND YOUR LOVE
Jeff Bhasker
Drake (SOCAN)
Kanye West
Ernest “No I.D.” Wilson
Chrysalis Songs
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Live Write LLC
No I.D. Music Publishing
Please Gimme My Publishing, Inc.
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Way Above Music
Drake
Aspire/Young Money/Cash Money

GANGSTA LUV
Snoop Dogg
My Own Chit Publishing
Snoop Dogg featuring The Dream
Doggystyle/Priority/Capitol

HEY DADDY (DADDY’S HOME)
Plies
First and Gold Publishing
Usher featuring Plies
LaFace/JLG

HOT TOTTIE
Paul “Hollywood Hot Sauce” Dawson
Ester Dean
Polow Da Don
Dat Damn Dean Music
God Can’t Lie Publishing
My Diet Starts Tomorrow, Inc.
peermusic III, Ltd.
Songs of 2412
Songs of Universal, Inc.
U Can’t Teach Bein’ The Shhh, Inc.
Usher featuring Jay-Z
LaFace/JLG

HOW LOW
Chuck D
Eric “Vietnam” Sadler
Hank Shocklee
Tyler “T-Minus” Williams (SOCAN)
Brother Bagz Publishing
Reach Global Songs
Shocklee Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Terrordome Music Publishing LLC
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Your Mother’s Music Inc.
Ludacris
DTP/Def Jam/IDJMG

I AM
Ester Dean
Dat Damn Dean Music
peermusic III, Ltd.
Songs of 2412
Mary J. Blige
Matriarch/Geffen/Interscope

I INVENTED SEX
Drake (SOCAN)
L.O.S. DA MYSTRO
Tony “Chef Tone” Scales
Trey Songz
April’s Boy Music LLC
Chef Huxtable Music Publishing
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Live Write LLC
Sony/ATV Melody
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Trey Songz featuring Drake
Song Book/Atlantic

JUST A DREAM
David Ryan Harris
Jim Jonsin
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Jimipub Music
Peace Pourage Music
Nelly
Derrty/Universal/Motown

LIKE A G6
Jae “j-Splif” Choung
James “Prohgress” Roh
Fmonyourdial Publishing
Hunnypot Happenings
Far East Movement
Cherrytree/Interscope

LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE
Alex Da Kid
Eminem
Skylar Grey
Hotel Bravo Music
M Shop Publishing
Shroom Shady Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Universal Music-Z Songs
Eminem featuring Rihanna
Shady/Aftermath/Interscope

MONEY TO BLOW
Drake (SOCAN)
Lil Wayne
Bryan “Baby” Williams
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Live Write LLC
Money Mack Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Young Money Publishing, Inc.
Birdman featuring Lil Wayne & Drake
Cash Money/Universal

MY CHICK BAD
Nicki Minaj
Harajuku Barbie Music
Money Mack Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Ludacris featuring Nicki Minaj
DTP/Def Jam/IDJMG

NEIGHBORS KNOW MY NAME
Troy Taylor
Trey Songz
April’s Boy Music LLC
Downtown DMP Songs
No Quincydence Music Publishing
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Trey Songz
Song Book/Atlantic

NOT AFRAID
Eminem
Shroom Shady Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Eminem
Shady/Aftermath/Interscope

NOTHIN’ ON YOU
B.o.B
Ham Squad Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars
Rebelrock/Grand Hustle/Atlantic

OMG
will.i.am
BMG Sapphire Songs
i.am.composing llc
Usher featuring will.i.am
LaFace/JLG

OVER
Nick Brongers (SOCAN)
Drake (SOCAN)
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Live Write LLC
Stellar Songs Ltd.
Drake
Young Money/Cash Money/Univ Mo

PAPERS
Xavier “Zaytoven” Dotson
Sean Garrett
Gorilla Zoe
Gorilla Zoe Music LLC
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Team S Dot Publishing
Ultra Empire Music
Zaytoven Publishing
Usher
LaFace/JLG

RUDE BOY
Ester Dean
Makeba Riddick
Rihanna
Rob Swire (PRS)
Annarhi Music LLC
Chrysalis Songs
Dat Damn Dean Music
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Janice Combs Music
peermusic III, Ltd.
Songs of 2412
Yoga Flames Publishing
Rihanna
SRP/Def Jam/IDJMG

SAY AAH
Ronald “Young Yonny” Ferebee, Jr.
Tony “Chef Tone” Scales
Trey Songz
April’s Boy Music LLC
Chef Huxtable Music Publishing
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Tenyor Music
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Trey Songz featuring Fabolous
Song Book/Atlantic

SAY SOMETHING
Drake (SOCAN)
Jerome Harmon
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Jerome Harmon Productions
Live Write LLC
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Timbaland featuring Drake
Mosley/Blackground/Interscope

SEX THERAPY
Paul “Hollywood Hot Sauce” Dawson
Ester Dean
Polow Da Don
Dat Damn Dean Music
God Can’t Lie Publishing
My Diet Starts Tomorrow, Inc.
peermusic III, Ltd.
Songs of 2412
Songs of Universal, Inc.
U Can’t Teach Bein’ The Shhh, Inc.
Robin Thicke
Star Trak/Interscope

SOLDIER OF LOVE
Paul Denman (PRS)
Andrew Hale (PRS)
Stuart Matthewman (PRS)
Sade (PRS)
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Sade
Epic

TEACH ME HOW TO DOUGIE
Cahron “Jayare” Childs
Corey “Smoove” Fowler
Chanti “Yung” Glee
Runway Star
Runway Star Music Publishing
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Cali Swag District
Capitol

THERE GOES MY BABY
Jim Jonsin
Danny Morris
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Hypnotic Beats Inc.
Jimipub Music
Rebel Made Music
Usher
LaFace/JLG

TIE ME DOWN
BenJ
Legacy
100 Records Music
Primary Wave Brian
Rule Blind Publishing
New Boyz featuring Ray J
Asylum/Warner Bros.

TRY SLEEPING WITH A BROKEN HEART
Jeff Bhasker
Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Way Above Music
Alicia Keys
MBK/J/RMG

UN-THINKABLE (I’M READY)
Drake (SOCAN)
EMI-Blackwood Music, Inc.
Live Write LLC
Alicia Keys
MBK/J/RMG

YOUR LOVE
David Freeman (PRS)
Joe Hughes (PRS)
Nicki Minaj
Andrew “Pop” Wansel
Harajuku Barbie Music
Money Mack Music
Songs of Universal, Inc.
Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.
Nicki Minaj
Young Money/Cash Money/Univ Mo

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BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton and BMI President & CEO Del Bryant flank BMI Icon Snoop Dogg at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards, held August 26 in Los Angeles.

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BMI 2011 Urban Awards Icon Snoop Dogg speaks onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rapper Jukebox arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton, singer Drake posing with the Urban Songwriter of the Year Award for "Bedrock" and BMI President and CEO Del Bryant speak onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Game performs onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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(L-R) Chante "Yung" Glee, Cahron "JayAre" Childs and Corey "C-Smoove" Fowler of the rap group Cali Swag District arrive at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa performs onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton, recipient of the 2011 BMI Urban Producer of the Year award Lexus "Lex Luger" Lewis, choreographer Laurieann Gibson and BMI Director Byron Wright speak onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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DJ Khaled (L) and Rapper Ace Hood perform onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Recipient of the 2011 BMI Urban Producer of the Year award Lexus "Lex Luger" Lewis speaks onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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BMI 2011 Urban Awards Icon Snoop Dogg dances in the audience during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton speaks onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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BMI President and CEO Del Bryant speaks onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Executive Vice President, Head of Urban Music Ethiopia Habtemariam, BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton, Universal Vice President, Creative Urban Music Jessica Rivera, Universal Executive Vice President, Head of Creative Tom Sturges and BMI President and CEO Del Bryant pose with the "Urban Publisher of the Year" award onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Singer Kristina DeBarge arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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(L-R) BMI 2011 Urban Awards Icon Snoop Dogg, Shante Broadus and Cori Broadus in the audience during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton (L) and recipient of the 2011 BMI Urban Producer of the Year award Lexus "Lex Luger" Lewis speak onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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General view of the atmosphere at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Producer Hit-Boy arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Actress Antonique Smith arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Producer Sean Garrett poses backstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Songwriter Sonyae Elise arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Shante Broadus, Cori Broadus and rapper Snoop Dogg arrive at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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(L-R) Chante "Yung" Glee, Cahron "JayAre" Childs and Corey "C-Smoove" Fowler of the rap group Cali Swag District arrive at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rapper Ace Hood arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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(L-R) Rapper Dr. Dre BMI President and CEO Del Bryant (L) and BMI 2011 Urban Awards Icon Snoop Dogg speak onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rapper Nas performs onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Songwriter Kevin McCall arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Actress Janina Gavankar arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Songwriter Bonnie McKee arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa performs onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rapper Too Short and BMI Icon Snoop Dogg backstage at the 11th annual BMI Urban Awards, held August 26 in Los Angeles.

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Rapper Busta Rhymes arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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BMI’s Catherine Brewton and choreographer Laurieann Gibson backstage at the 11th annual BMI Urban Awards, held August 26 in Los Angeles.

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Singer Skylar Grey arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Singer Christina Milian arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rappers Snoop Dogg (L) and Game perform onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rappers Daz Dillinger (L) and Kurupt perform onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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BMI Icon Snoop Dogg at the 11th annual BMI Urban Awards, held August 26 in Los Angeles.

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Rapper Daz Dillinger performs onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Singer Mario arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California

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Producer Dallas Austin arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Singer Charlie Wilson performs onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa performs onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rapper Snoop Dogg arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rap group The Rej3ctz arrive at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rapper Snoop Dogg (L) and singer Charlie Wilson arrive at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rappers Daz Dillinger (L) and Kurupt perform onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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(L-R) BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton, Rapper Dr. Dre, BMI President and CEO Del Bryant, BMI 2011 Urban Awards Icon Snoop Dogg and guest speak onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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BMI Icon Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa backstage at the 11th annual BMI Urban Awards, held August 26 in Los Angeles.

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(L-R) Rappers Daz Dillinger, Game, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Singer Charlie Wilson and musician Bootsy Collins perform onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Singer Corinne Bailey Rae (L) and rapper the RZA pose backstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rapper Drake arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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BMI 2011 Urban Awards Icon Snoop Dogg speaks onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rapper Game pauses for a photo at the 11th annual BMI Urban Awards, held August 26 in Los Angeles.

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Singer Drake poses with the Urban Songwriter of the Year Award for "Bedrock" in the audience onstage during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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BMI Icon Snoop Dogg and Bootsy Collins backstage at the 11th annual BMI Urban Awards, held August 26 in Los Angeles

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BMI 2011 Urban Awards Icon Snoop Dogg (L) and Shante Broadus in the audience during the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Rapper Drake arrives at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Pantages Theatre on August 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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