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August 23, 2014

Christopher ‘Ludacris’ Bridges Honored with President’s Award at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

Lil Wayne, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, DJ Mustard and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. Among Honorees at Ceremony in Los Angeles

Press Release

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22, 2014 — Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, presented tonight the BMI President’s Award to Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. The star-studded event celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year.

Ludacris was honored with the BMI President’s Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement in songwriting, with profound global influence on culture and the entertainment industry. As the 2014 honoree, Ludacris joins an elite list of previous honorees that includes will.i.am, Adam Levine, Carlos Vives, Taylor Swift and Pitbull. 

Additional top honors were presented at the awards ceremony: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us”  earned the Song of the Year prize; Lil Wayne was crowned the Songwriter of the Year for penning hits “Ball,” “Bandz A Make Her Dance,” “Beware,” “Love Me,” “No Worries,” and “Pop That.” DJ Mustard won the coveted Producer of the Year award and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. accepted the prestigious Publisher of the Year crystal for having 14 of the most-performed songs from the previous year.

BMI also recognized top producers Mike Dean, Noel “Detail” Fisher, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, Ryan Lewis and Kanye West.

Zendaya 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 Mike O’Neill and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton shared the evening’s hosting duties.

For a complete list of 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop winners, please visit: https://www.bmi.com/hiphopwinners2014.

Photo and video footage, including interviews, performances and the President’s Award acceptance speech can be accessed via the official EPKlink:
www.epklink.com/BMIRBHipHopAwards2014

High-resolution photos will be available at 10 a.m. EST on August 23.

About BMI
Celebrating 75 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, 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 8.5 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.’s Facebook page.

 

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A general view of the audience at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Host Kenny Burns (L) and BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton (2nd L) present recording artists (from 3rd L) Eric Bellinger, RoccStar, Chris Brown and G’harah PK’ Degeddingseze with a BMI Special Citation of Achievement recognizing ‘Great National Popularity as Measured by Broadcast Performances’ of the song ‘Fine China’ onstage at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist/actor Tyrese Gibson (L) and honoree Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges attend the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Zendaya attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Chris Brown accepts a BMI Special Citation of Achievement recognizing over 1 million broadcast performances of his song ‘Forever’ at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist/actor Tyrese Gibson (L) and honoree Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges attend the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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(L-R) Recording artist/actor Tyrese Gibson, recording artist August Alsina and recording artist Chris Brown attend the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton (L) and host Kenny Burns (R) present recording artist Chauncey "Hit-Boy" Hollis (C) with a BMI Special Citation of Achievement recognizing 'Great National Popularity as Measured by Broadcast Performances' of his song 'Clique' at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Chris Brown attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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(From 2nd L) Music executive Chaka Zulu, honoree Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, and recording artist/actor Tyrese Gibson (taking a selfie photo) perform onstage at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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(L-R) Recording artist/actor Tyrese Gibson (taking a photo), music executive Chaka Zulu, honoree Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, a guest and host Kenny Burns perform onstage at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist TeeFlii performs onstage at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Tamar Braxton performs onstage during the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Chris Brown attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Zendaya attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Honoree Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges performs onstage at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Honoree Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges performs onstage at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Ray J attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artists August Alsina (L) and Chris Brown attend the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Future walks onstage at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording aritsts Future (L, holding a BMI Special Citation of Achievement recognizing ‘Great National Popularity as Measured by Broadcast Performances’ of the song ‘Turn on the Lights’) and Zendaya (holding the Social Star Award) attend the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording aritst Future poses with a BMI Special Citation of Achievement recognizing ‘Great National Popularity as Measured by Broadcast Performances’ of the song ‘Turn on the Lights’ at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Zendaya attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist TeeFlii performs onstage at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Chris Brown attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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(L-R) Recording artists Mystikal, Chris Brown, and Future attend the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artists Mystikal (L) and Future attend the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Flo Rida attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Honoree Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges (L) and BMI President and CEO Michael O’Neill attend the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Tamar Braxton (L) and producer Vincent Herbert attend the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Faith Evans attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Honoree Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges (L) and recording artist Mystikal perform onstage at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artists Diamond (L) and Lyrica Anderson attend the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Future attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Faith Evans attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Actor Larenz Tate (L) and honoree Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges attend the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Bobby V attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Zendaya attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Zendaya attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Honoree Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges (holding the BMI President’s Award) attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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(L-R) BMI President and CEO Michael O’Neill, BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton, honoree Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges (holding the BMI Presidentís Award), and host Kenny Burns attend the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Ray J attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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Recording artist Diamond attends the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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A general view of atmposphere at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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(L-R) Honoree Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton, and BMI President and CEO Michael O’Neill attend the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

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