Two co-founded LaFace Records
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Island Def Jam chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid will be honored as BMI Icons during the performing rights organization's sixth annual Urban Awards.
The presentation -- which precedes the Aug. 31 MTV Video Music Awards -- will take place Aug. 30 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Previous Icon honorees include James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Al Green and 2005 recipients the Gap Band.
As co-founders of LaFace Records, Edmonds and Reid launched the careers of Toni Braxton, TLC, Usher and Pink. The pair's Grammy-winning success as songwriter/producers includes crafting hits together and individually for Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Boyz II Men, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey and OutKast, among many others.
In addition to recognizing the songwriters, publishers and producers of its top urban songs, the BMI Urban Awards will honor the writers of songs that claimed No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Tracks charts.