Gala held Aug. 30 in N.Y.
Mariah Carey, Kanye West and Warner/Chappell Music took top honors at BMI's 6th Annual Urban Music Awards last night, (Aug. 30) at New York’s Roseland ballroom, which recognized the top songwriters, publishers and producers of the past year.
Mariah Carey took top honors for song of the year and songwriter of the year, the latter which she shared with Bigg D and Jim Jonsin. Kanye West won the producer of the year award for having the most producer credits on charting songs. The top urban producers list also included Mr. Collipark, Pharrell Williams, Lil Jon, R. Kelly, Sean Garrett, Jazze Pha, Cool & Dre, Rodney Jerkins, and songwriters of the year Bigg D and Jim Jonsin.
Warner/Chappell Music was named urban music publisher of the year for having the highest percentage of copyright ownership in award songs. "This award is industry recognition of Warner/Chappell's reemergence, strength and presence in urban music, a genre of music that influences fashion, dance and other aspects of popular culture," said Richard Blackstone, chairman and CEO, Warner/Chappell Music. "We are delighted to receive this award from BMI, and we are extremely proud that Warner/Chappell's talented songwriters are writing many of hip-hop, rap and R&B's biggest hits."
Bad Boy/Block Entertainment artist, Yung Joc opened the show with his recent hits “I know You See it” and “It’s Going Down.” Rick Ross also performed “Push It” before the sound system suffered technical difficulties.
This year's BMI Icon honorees were LA Reid and Babyface who recognized for their “enduring influence on generations of music makers.”
Billboard recognized the BMI-affiliated writers whose tracks reached No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Tracks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Hot 100 charts during the past year.