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February 9, 2013

Grammy Award Winner, Nominees, and Hitmakers Share Songwriting Secrets at BMI’s ‘How I Wrote That Song’

Press Release

LOS ANGELES, February 9, 2013 – Global music rights leader Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) presented “How I Wrote That Song”, its annual pre-Grammy event, on February 9 at The Roxy in West Hollywood.  The panel featured GRAMMY-nominated hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg, GRAMMY-nominated songwriter/artist B.o.B., GRAMMY-nominated hip-hop icon Busta Rhymes, GRAMMY-winning songwriter Evan Bogart, and hit songwriter Luke Laird.

The panel, moderated by Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, focused on the process of writing, producing and performing hit songs. Each panelist shared anecdotal stories on how their greatest hits were spawned, and attendees were also treated to impromptu performances, including “Don’t Let Me Fall” by B.o.B and “Take a Back Road” by Luke Laird.

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About BMI
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music.  BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 7.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 550,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers.  The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit http://www.bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Facebook page.

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The 2013 installment of BMI's How I Wrote That Song brought together an impressive mix of songwriters. Pictured at The Roxy Theatre are BMI's Catherine Brewton, David Claassen, and Nicole Platin, Luke Laird, BMI's Malik Levy, BMI's Barbara Cane, B.o.B., Snoop Lion, Evan Bogart, Busta Rhymes, BMI's Byron Wright, and BMI's Alison Smith.

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BMI artist Josh Ramsay attends BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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Snoop Lion imparts his songwriting wisdom at BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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BMI's Catherine Brewton with this year's How I Wrote That Song panelists Luke Laird, B.o.B, Evan Bogart, Busta Rhymes and Snoop Lion.

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BMI's Phil Graham and Barbara Cane get some good vibrations with Snoop Lion at BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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Award winning BMI songwriter Luke Laird performs and informs at BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9.

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BMI musician B.o.B participated in BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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BMI artist Josh Ramsay attends BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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BMI's Catherine Brewton hosts BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9 in West Hollywood, California.

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Speaking on the How I Wrote That Song panel were songwriters extraordinaire Busta Rhymes and Snoop Lion.

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Luke Laird, BMI's Malik Levy, B.o.B, Snoop Lion, Evan Bogart, Busta Rhymes, and BMI's Byron Wright pictured at BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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BMI songwriters Luke Laird, B.o.B, Snoop Lion, Evan Bogart and Busta Rhymes delivered a lively discussion at BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9 in West Hollywood, California.

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BMI's Catherine Brewton with songwriters Luke Laird, B.o.B, Evan Bogart, Busta Rhymes and Snoop Lion onstage at BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre.

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BMI artists Evan Bogart and Busta Rhymes attend BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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BMI songwriter Evan Bogart participated on the panel at BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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Luke Laird offers up some words of wisdom at BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9.

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BMI songwriters Luke Laird and Evan Bogart were panelists at BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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Busta Rhymes joined the discussion at this year's installment of BMI's How I Wrote That Song.

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Busta Rhymes participates in the discussion onstage at BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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BMI artists Evan Bogart, Busta Rhymes and Snoop Lion onstage at BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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BMI's How I Wrote That Song panelist B.o.B.

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BMI's Catherine Brewton moderates the discussion of songwriting with panelists Busta Rhymes and Snoop Lion.

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BMI musicians Luke Laird, B.o.B, Snoop Lion, Catherine Brewton, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI, Evan Bogart and Busta Rhymes attend BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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BMI artists Busta Rhymes and Snoop Lion attend BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9 in West Hollywood, California, brought together a diverse group of songwriters, including Luke Laird, B.o.B and Evan Bogart.

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Sharing their songwriting insights at BMI's How I Wrote That Song are Busta Rhymes and Snoop Lion at The Roxy Theatre on February 9 in West Hollywood.

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BMI's Catherine Brewton and Snoop Lion at BMI's How I Wrote That Song at The Roxy Theatre on February 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

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