BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA: Some of the top R&B, rap, pop and hip-hop stars of the past year were saluted at the annual BMI awards show in Beverly Hills on Friday, September 7th. Legendary singer Mariah Carey (photographed below with husband Nick) took home top honors, by being named a BMI Icon; while rappers Drake and Lil Wayne shared the honor of being named Songwriter of the Year. Some of the other big winners of the night included:
- Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” earned Song of the Year honors for its writers Minaj, Ester Dean and Kane Beatz.
- Pop Wansel earned the Producer of the Year crystal. In addition to Wansel, BMI also recognized Top Producers Warren “Oak” Felder, Jim Jonsin, R. Kelly, Lexus “Lex Luger” Lewis, Polow Da Don, Troy Taylor, Kanye West, and Tyler “T-Minus” Williams.
- With 17 songs among the most-performed, EMI Music Publishing clinched the Publisher of the Year crown. Mac Miller won the first-ever BMI Social Star Award, presented by Spotify.
And for a full list of winners please visit: BMIMusic.com/Urban.