Last nights 2010 BMI Urban Awards was truly a night to remember. Being the first blogger to have the access that I did to bring you all a live blog gave me the opportunity to rub elbows with some of musics elite. I snagged interviews with everyone from Will.I.Am to David Banner to Gorilla Zoe and Yung Joc.
Listen, you all know i have my report to file, but let’s allow the hard working publicity team at BMI like Hanna Pantle / BMI Los Angeles, Marlene Meraz / BMI Los Angeles, and Jamil Walker / BMI New York to have their moment.
Per BMI Press Release:
U.S. performing right organization Broadcast Music, Inc. saluted the songwriters, producers and music publishers of the most-performed R&B, rap and hip-hop songs September 10 at its annual Urban Awards. BMI presented the BMI President’s Award to will.i.am in recognition of The Black Eyed Peas co-founder’s work as an artist, producer, and humanitarian. Lil Wayne took home his second consecutive Urban Songwriter of the Year; “Boom Boom Pow” earned Urban Song of the Year; EMI Music Publishing claimed the Urban Publisher of the Year crown; and BMI Urban Producer of the Year went to Polow Da Don.
B.o.B, Usher, Pleasure P and Flo Rida performed throughout the awards show, while the BMI/SunTrust #1 Show before the ceremony featured performances by Jay Sean and Cali Swag District, and was hosted by LaLa.
BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Catherine Brewton, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, hosted the ceremony along with Ray J at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Sponsors of the 2010 BMI Urban Awards included SunTrust, Coke, Hennessy/Moet, Smart Water and TW Steel Watches.
BOB doing his thing.
Even though I wanted to, and I mean REALLY bad, I couldn’t hate on Usher one bit. He put his foot in it.
Cali Swag District.. Anybody know who they are? I have no idea.
Oh I forgot I also interviewed former ATLIEN La La. Yes people before she was a household name [OK that was a stretch] she used to hold down ATL on HOT 107.9 with Ludacris.
OK so this was the official report. Be sure to return Monday for the unofficial. Y’all know how I do. I got exclusive shots and scoop nobody else is going to have.
I’ve said it once and I will say it again. Thanks to Executive VP of Public Relations Catherine Brewton, and Director of Public Relations Byron Wright for taking a chance on a blogger such as myself to perform the live blog.
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Photo credit: Maury Phillips
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