Brandy To Be Honored With The BMI President’s Award At The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
Evening Celebrates the Previous Year’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriters, Producers, Music Publishers and Administrators on Thursday, August 29th in Atlanta, Georgia
BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) will honor multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Brandy with the BMI President’s Award at its 2019 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Thursday, August 29th. The private event, held at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President Creative (Atlanta), Catherine Brewton.
“As a singer/songwriter, actress and humanitarian, Brandy
is a triple threat in every sense of the word,” said Brewton. “Her
timeless hits about love and heartbreak were anthems to many coming of
age during the 90s and secured her place in R&B history.” Brewton
added, “We are so excited to honor Brandy with the BMI President’s Award
and look forward to celebrating a night of great music.”
The BMI President’s Award is presented to an individual
songwriter, composer or producer who has made exemplary contributions to
the art of music and songwriting and profoundly influenced the
entertainment industry. As the 2019 honoree, Brandy joins previous
recipients Curtis Mayfield, Ludacris, Toni Braxton and Will.i.am in sharing this distinction.
Throughout the evening, BMI will also salute the
songwriters, producers, music publishers and administrators of the past
year’s 35 most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs in the United States
from BMI’s repertoire of more than 14 million musical works. The
BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriter, Producer and Publisher of the Year will
also be named during the ceremony.
In addition, BMI’s Social Star
will return for its eighth year. As a part of the R&B/Hip-Hop
Awards, Social Star will honor the songwriter with the most engaged
social media audience. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite
contestant across BMI’s Instagram and Twitter accounts. The songwriter
with the most Instagram likes that includes their specialized Social
Star hashtag will claim the prize. Previous winners have included Mac Miller, Machine Gun Kelly, Zendaya, SoMo, Joey Bada$$, Kash Doll and Derez De’Shon.
Details on how to vote for your favorite social star will be announced
soon. To join the conversation, use hashtag #BMISocialStar.
Brandy Norwood first caught the world’s attention at age 15 with her enduring single “I Wanna Be Down” from her multi-platinum selling debut, Brandy
in 1994. Two additional singles from that album, “Best Friend” and
“Brokenhearted,” also topped the charts, paving the way for her to
become one of the best-selling female artists in American music history
according to the RIAA. Throughout Brandy’s career, she’s sold more than
40 million albums and recorded five albums including the five-time
platinum-selling Never Say Never (1998) featuring the smash duet,
“The Boy is Mine,” with Monica, which to this day is Atlantic Records’
longest-running number-one song. Brandy has also earned many accolades
including a GRAMMY Award, an AMA, two Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP
Image Awards, three Billboard Awards, four MTV Awards, six Soul Train
Lady of Soul Awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and three BMI
Awards. In 2018, Brandy became the first 90s artist to score 1.5
billion streams across all digital platforms.
As an actress, Brandy starred in the sitcom, Moesha, and made history with Disney’s adaptation of Cinderella
as its first African American princess, starring alongside her
idol Whitney Houston. In recent years, Brandy made her Broadway debut in
the musical Chicago, was a judge on America’s Got Talent, co-starred in BET’s comedy The Game and was a series regular on FOX’s Star. Beyond
the stage and screen, Brandy is a humanitarian and supports her
family’s organization, The Norwood Kids Foundation, and she’s also a
huge supporter of the Make A Wish Foundation, RAINN and countless other
charitable organizations. Currently, Brandy is working on a new album
that is slated to be released later this year.
To request press credentials, visit http://www.bmi.com/press#credentials.
Press credentials will be for red-carpet arrivals only. A limited
number of media will be credentialed to cover the awards ceremony.
over 78 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.
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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
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in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span
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