With eight songs on BMI's most-performed list, songwriter/artist T-Pain was honored earlier this evening (Sept. 4) as the performing rights organization's songwriter of the year. The presentation took place during BMI's annual Urban Awards show, held at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills and hosted by BMI's president/CEO Del Bryant and VP, writer/publisher relations, Atlanta Catherine Brewton.

T-Pain also shared producer of the year kudos with fellow producers Jonathan "J.R." Rotem and Kanye West. Rounding out the list of BMI's top urban producers were DJ Montay, Mr. ColliPark, Polow Da Don, Rodney Jerkins, Soulja Boy Tell'em and will.i.am.

Earning the statuette for song of the year was Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable," co-written by Ne-Yo, Amund Bjoerklund and Espen Lind. Claiming the publisher of the year title was Universal Music Publishing Group, with 20 hits on the most-performed list.

Among the eight BMI songs that featured T-Pain's songwriting contributions are "Bartender," "Low," "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')," "Kiss Kiss" and "Good Life."

After multiple trips to the podium to accept his several awards, T-Pain jokingly commented: "Being that I received all these awards tonight, I'm not picking up another fucking pen for the rest of my life."

Also recognized during the ceremony were the BMI-affiliated writers whose songs reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and The Billboard Hot 100 charts during the past year. That list of winning songs included Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" West's "Stronger" and Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls."

The evening's highlight was a musical tribute to the Jacksons, who were presented with the BMI Icon Award. Though many attendees held out hope that Michael Jackson would make a surprise appearance during BMI's salute to the Jacksons, he ultimately did not. Also noticeably absent was Jermaine Jackson, as the Jacksons (Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Randy) worked the red carpet and later stood on stage.

However, those absences didn't dampen audience spirit as the JabbaWockeeZ, winners of MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew," performed the first of several Jackson hits. Wearing metallic face masks and large, curly Afro wigs, the troupe earned a standing ovation for its high-stepping on "Dance Machine." Also earning enthusiastic responses were newcomer R&B quartet O.N.E. doing "I Want You Back," JoJo and Lloyd dueting on "I'll Be There," Mario cutting loose on "Heartbreak Hotel," Keri Hilson belting out "Who's Loving You" and Lloyd, Ray J and Mario coming together on the closing tribute number, "Never Can Say Goodbye."

Halfway through that song, an emotional Janet Jackson surprised the room as she came onstage to present the Icon award to her siblings. On the red carpet, Marlon told Billboard he thanked BMI for being the "only organization to honor the Jackson legacy" in this way. Calling it an incredible night after accepting the award , Marlon also thanked the "creator for blessing this family with the musical gifts that we have. We are very honored to receive this award and please keep supporting us."

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