R&B artist takes home two awards.
R. Kelly was a double winner at BMI's 2004 Urban Awards, receiving a nod for both urban producer of the year and writer of song of the year for "Ignition," from last year's Jive album "Chocolate Factory."
Other top honorees during the evening were Neptunes production duo Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams for urban songwriter of the year, and Universal Music Publishing for urban publisher of the year.
Soul legend Al Green received the performing rights organization’s Icon Award for "his enduring influence on generations of music makers." The Green tribute was highlighted by performances from Williams, Kanye West, Sleepy Brown, Teena Marie and Lloyd.
The black-tie gala was staged Aug. 27 at the Grand Ballroom at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resorts & Towers in Miami Beach. It was hosted by BMI president/CEO Del Bryant, president emeritus Frances W. Preston and assistant VP of writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton.
The annual event honors the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed songs in R&B, rap and hip-hop.