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August 30, 2019

Brandy Honored with the BMI President’s Award at the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

“God’s Plan” Named Song of The Year; Tay Keith and Post Malone Presented with Songwriter of the Year Award; Tay Keith and Wheezy Beatz Named Producer of the Year and Sony/ATV Received Publisher of the Year

Atlanta, GA- August 30, 2019- Last night,  BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the past year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs during the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held at the Sandy Springs Arts Center in Atlanta. Multiple-award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Brandy received the BMI President’s Award in recognition of her powerful impact on the entertainment industry and her timeless hits, which have secured her place in R&B history.

Hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President, Creative, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton, the evening included stellar performances by some of the hottest artists on the music scene. The ceremony kicked off with a moving tribute video in honor of the late rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle to celebrate his musical legacy and remarkable philanthropic work.  Atlanta-based rapper Gunna followed with a medley of his biggest hits, ending with his smash “Drip Too Hard” featuring Lil Baby, who joined him on stage for the performance.  Afterwards, Gunna received a special award in recognition of the song garnering one billion streams. TV personality and comedian, DC Young Fly then presentedMemphis rapper NLE Choppa with the 2019 BMI Social Star Award.\ The evening also featured a series of special tributes to Brandy, which began with contemporary R&B singer/songwriter Jade Novah performing a beautiful rendition of “Talk About Our Love.” The tributes continued with Samoht singing a stripped-down version of “Brokenhearted,” followed by gospel singer Kierra Sheard’s sultry performance of two of Brandy’s ballads, “Have You Ever” and “He Is.” Eric Bellinger rounded out the tributes with “Baby” and “Nothing” which had the audience singing along. Brandy’s brother, Ray J, took to the stage and serenaded his sister with “Best Friend” before she was presented with the BMI President’s Award. Brandy accepted the accolade with an impromptu performance, encouraged by the audience, of “I Wanna Be Down,” before singing her iconic hit “Almost Doesn’t Count.”

The event also honored the top producers and songwriters of the previous year’s 35 best-performing R&B/hip-hop songs in the U.S. from BMI’s repertoire of more than 14 million musical works. Wheezy Beatz tied for Producer of the Year with Tay Keith. Keith also received the coveted Songwriter of the Year award, an honor he shared with Post Malone, marking his second tie for the evening. Song of the Year went to “God’s Plan” by Yung Exclusive and Marciano and Sony/ATV was named Publisher of the Year for having 18 of the most performed songs of the year including “Sicko Mode,” “I Like It” and “In My Feelings.”

As the 2019 BMI President’s Award honoree, Brandy joins previous recipients Curtis Mayfield, Ludacris, Toni Braxton and Will.i.am, among others in sharing this distinction.

For a complete list of the 2019 winners, visit bmi.com and use hashtag #BMIRnBHHAwards on social.

High-resolution photos and video footage will be available for download from BMI.com by\ 8:00 AM ET on August 30th - https://www.image.net/bmihiphopawards2019.

Media Contacts:

Brittnee Walker
212.220.3134
bbwalker@bmi.com

Jodie Thomas
212.220.3142
jthomas@bmi.com

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Jade Novah attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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NLE Choppa attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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DC Young Fly attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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Eric Bellinger attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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BMI Assistant Vice President of Creative Los Angeles, Wardell Malloy and BMI Vice President of Creative Atlanta, Catherine Brewton, Donald Lawrence, and Le'Andria Johnson attend The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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Safaree attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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Kierra Sheard attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President of Creative Atlanta, Catherine Brewton with guests, including Alan Kestenbaum, co-owner of the Atlanta Falcons, at the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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Vashawn Mitchell attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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2019 BMI President & CEO, Mike O’Neill, and BMI President’s Award Recipient, Brandy, attend The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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2019 BMI President’s Award Recipient, Brandy, attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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Willie Norwood, 2019 BMI President’s Award Recipient, Brandy, and Sonja B. Norwood attend The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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"God's Plan" wins Song of the Year during The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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BMI Vice President of Creative Atlanta, Catherine Brewton, Wheezy Beatz, BMI Assistant Vice President of Creative Los Angeles, Wardell Malloy, and BMI Omar Grant attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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Sony ATV named Publisher of the Year at The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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2019 BMI President’s Award Recipient, Brandy Norwood, attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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Kierra Sheard performs at The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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BMI Assistant Vice President of Creative Los Angeles, Wardell Malloy, BMI President & CEO, Mike O’Neill, Kierra Sheard, 2019 BMI President’s Award Recipient, Brandy Norwood, Jade Novah, Samoht, Eric Bellinger, and BMI Vice President of Creative Atlanta, Catherine Brewton at The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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Eric Bellinger performs at The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia

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BMI President & CEO, Mike O’Neill, 2019 BMI President’s Award Recipient, Brandy Norwood, BMI Vice President of Creative Atlanta, Catherine Brewton, and Ray J pose onstage during The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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