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August 23, 2013

Cash Money’s Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams and Ronald ‘Slim’ Williams and Top Songwriters Honored

Nicki Minaj, Benny Blanco, Hit-Boy and Universal Music Publishing Among Honorees at Ceremony in New York City

Press Release

NEW YORK, NY, August 23, 2013 – Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, presented tonight the BMI Icon Award to Cash Money Records’ Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at the Manhattan Center in New York City. The star-studded event, formerly known as the BMI Urban Awards, celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year.

Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams were named BMI Icons because of their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” The brothers, who co-founded Cash Money Records in 1991, were treated to an all-star tribute, which included performances by Kevin Rudolf, DJ Khaled, Mystikal, Future, Curren$y, Ace Hood, Busta Rhymes, Turk, Mannie Fresh and Juvenile. Each artist delivered a dynamic interpretation of a Cash Money classic, such as “Slow Motion,” performed by Curren$y, and “Ha” performed by Mystikal.

Nicki Minaj and Benny Blanco shared the Songwriter of the Year crown by each writing four songs that rank among the year’s most-performed. Nicki’s top contributions include “Dance (A$$),” “Girl On Fire,” “Make Me Proud,” and “Starships.” Benny Blanco was recognized for “Diamonds,” “Heart Attack,” “Payphone,” and “Work Hard Play Hard.” Nicki Minaj’s ubiquitous “Starships” earned Song of the Year honors for its writers Minaj, Wayne Hector, and RedOne, as well as publishers Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of RedOne, Songs of Universal, Inc., Sony/ATV Songs, LLC and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Hit-Boy earned the Producer of the Year crystal. The incredible songwriter/producer has helmed boards for hits by Kanye West, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky, among many others. In addition to Hit-Boy, BMI also recognized top producers Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis, Warren “Oak” Felder, Jim Jonsin, Ryan Lewis, Marquel “MaRz” Middlebrooks, Troy Taylor, Andrew “Pop” Wansel and Tyler “T-Minus” Williams.

With 16 songs among the most-performed, Universal Music Publishing Group clinched the prestigious Publisher of the Year crown.

Machine Gun Kelly won the BMI Social Star Award. Selected by fans voting via Twitter, the award salutes the BMI R&B/hip-hop songwriter who has best demonstrated the power of social media to showcase their songwriting talents.

During the ceremony, BMI also recognized the songwriters of Billboard No. 1 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts over the past year.

BMI President and CEO Del Bryant and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton shared the evening’s hosting duties with recording artist Ray J.

For a complete list of 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop winners, please visit www.bmi.com/genres/rb_hiphop

Photo and video footage, including interviews, performances and the Icon acceptance speech can be accessed via the official EPKlink:
  www.EPKLink.com/BMIRBHipHopAwards2013

High-resolution photos will be available at 10 a.m. EST on August 23.
  Visit www.bmi.com/press.

 

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 600,000 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 www.bmi.com, follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Facebook page.

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CONTACTS:

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(L-R) BMI President and CEO, Del Bryant, Benny Blanco, and BMI Vice President, Catherine Brewton pose onstage at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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Bridget Kelly attends the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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Kevin Rudolf performs onstage at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Award at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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Birdman and Lil Wayne attend the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Award at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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BMI publisher of the year, Universal Music Publishing, on stage at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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Chairman and CEO of Epic Records L.A. Reid and BMI President and CEO, Del Bryant attend 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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Future attends the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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DJ Khaled attends the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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BMI 's President and CEO, Del Bryant on stage with Nicki Minaj at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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BMI held its 2013 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at The Manhattan Center on August 22 in New York City. Pictured at the event are BMI President & CEO, Del Bryant; Lil Wayne; Ronald "Slim" Williams; BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton; and Bryan "Birdman" Williams.

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Mystikal performs onstage at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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Machine Gun Kelly attends the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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Benny Blanco attends the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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Eva Marcille attends the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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Lil Wayne performs onstage at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Award at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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Nicki Minaj onstage at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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Curren$y performs onstage at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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Lil Wayne and Birdman perform onstage at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Award at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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Nicki Minaj onstage at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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BMI Vice President, Catherine Brewton (L) and Machine Gun Kelly speak onstage at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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MC Hammer attends the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City.

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