The Jacksons To Reign As BMI's 2008 Icons
Pioneering R&B/pop group The Jacksons will be honored as this year's BMI Icons.Pioneering R&B/pop group The Jacksons will be honored as this year's BMI Icons.
The brothers will be feted during the organization's eighth annual Urban Awards on Sept. 4. Taking place at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif., the ceremony will also honor the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the past year in the BMI repertoire.
Starting out as The Jackson 5 in their hometown of Gary, Ind., siblings Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael first recorded for the Steeltown label in 1968. After signing with Motown, the group launched a string of R&B and pop crossover hits beginning with 1969's "I Want You Back."
Later smashes included "Enjoy Yourself," "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" and "State of Shock" with Mick Jagger, released in 1984 at the height of Michael Jackson's worldwide superstardom.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, The Jacksons join such previous BMI Icons as James Brown, Isaac Hayes and Carlos Santana.