EMI Music Publishing was named BMI Urban Publisher of the Year at the BMI Urban Awards Friday night at New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The event was hosted by BMI president and CEO Del Bryant and VP of writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton.

"I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper)," co-written by T-Pain and Mike Jones and published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. and Zomba Songs, took home the BMI Urban Ringtone Award.

In a three-way tie, T.I., Ne-Yo and Mr. ColliPark shared the songwriter of the year honor. The three each wrote or co-wrote four songs on BMI's most-performed list, which includes Justin Timberlake's "My Love" (featuring co-writer T.I.), Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable" (Ne-Yo) and Diddy's "Come to Me" featuring Nicole Scherzinger (Mr. ColliPark). The evening event also marked the first time that any of the trio took home the coveted songwriter award.

The night's other top winners were co-writers Slim Thug and Sean Garrett for song of the year "Check on It" (recorded by Beyoncé and featuring Slim Thug); Pharrell Williams for producer of the year (his third win in that category).

The performing right organization also staged an all-star musical tribute to Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons, naming the co-founder of seminal rap group Run-DMC as this year's BMI Icon. He joins such previously honored Icons as James Brown, Isaac Hayes and Antonio "L.A." Reid and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. Rev. Run and his family currently star in the popular TV show "Run's House."

Also handed out were No. 1 awards for the BMI songs that reached the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 and R&B/hip-hop charts. Among the songs earning that distinction were "Irreplaceable," Mims' "This is Why I'm Hot" and Ne-Yo's "Sexy Love."

A complete list of BMI Urban Awards winners can be found at bmi.com/urban.

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