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Snoop Dogg, Drake, B.o.B, Lex Luger, Universal Music Publishing & More Honored at BMI Urban Awards

Press Release Source: Broadcast Music, Inc. On Saturday August 27, 2011, 9:11 am EDT LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Urban music’s top creators shared the stage tonight at BMI’s Urban Awards at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. The annual event celebrates the songwriters, producers and music publishers of the past year’s most-performed r&b, rap and hip-hop songs in the BMI repertoire. Snoop Dogg was honored as a BMI Icon. Drake accepted his first BMI Urban Songwriter of the Year crown. At 22, B.o.B became the youngest songwriter ever to win BMI Urban Song of the Year thanks to his “Nothin’ on You,” featuring Bruno Mars. 20-year-old Lexus “Lex Luger” Lewis carved out his own place in BMI history, becoming the youngest ever to be named BMI Urban Producer of the Year. In addition to Luger, BMI honored Top Producers Polow Da Don, Daniel “Kane Beatz” Johnson, R. Kelly and Kanye West. Universal Music Publishing Group claimed the BMI Urban Publisher of the Year crystal. A live musical tribute featuring Warren G, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Too $hort, Game, The Lady of Rage, Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, Akon, and more paid homage to Snoop Dogg. Lastly, Dr. Dre offered a heartfelt speech before Snoop Dogg himself joined Bootsy Collins and Charlie Wilson to deliver “What’s My Name?” as the towering finale. BMI honors songwriters who have had a “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” as Icons. Snoop Dogg joins past honorees George Clinton, The Jacksons, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Willie Nelson, and more. BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Catherine Brewton, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, hosted the 2011 BMI Urban Awards. For a full list of winners, visit bmi.com/urban. Follow BMI on Twitter and on Facebook. Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI), a global leader in rights management, is an American performing right organization that represents more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for 70 years. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents. BMI songwriters and composers were the most celebrated creative voices in awards presentations and on the charts during the past year, accounting for almost two-thirds of the Grammy Awards and dominating other key awards and honors presentations across all genres of music. bmi.com Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=6842533&lang=en MULTIMEDIA AVAILABLE: businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=6842533

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