Game, Kanye West, Fat Joe Participate In BMI Awards

Organizers of the 5th Annual BMI Urban Awards have announced this year’s

event will include participation from The Game, Fat Joe and Kanye West.

The event will be hosted

by the President and CEO of BMI, Del R. Bryant, and Catherine Brewton, who serves

as Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations.

The Gap Band will also be

honored with this year’s BMI Icon Award, an award honoring creators of

music that have made "a unique and indelible influence on generations of

music makers."

The Gap Band has had their

work sampled by numerous Hip-Hop artists through the years, compiling a catalog

that includes such hit songs as "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," "Oops

Upside Your Head," "Burn Rubber" and many others.

Past honorees include James

Brown, Paul Simon, Isaac Hayes, Carlos Santana, Al Green and others.

Awards will also be given

for Urban Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Producer of the Year and

Publisher of the Year.

Top urban producers and

BMI songwriters whose songs have hit #1 on the Billboard Charts will also be


BMI is a non-profit organization

that collects license fees from businesses that use music and then distributes

royalties to the music creators and copyright owners. BMI currently represents

over 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers from all genres of music.

This year’s

event will take place on August 26th in the Grand Ballroom of the Fontainebleau

Resort in Miami.