Mark Ronson will receive the champion award at this year’s BMI Pop Awards. The five-time Grammy-winner will receive the honor in recognition of his for his creative achievements, as well as his commitment to charitable causes.
“Transformative, tastemaker and trendsetter are just a few words that describe the incomparable Mark Ronson,” said BMI vp of worldwide creative Barbara Cane in a statement. “Through his craft, he has become a global influence and a defining voice in music, art and style.”
Ronson began his career in the early 1990s as a New York City club DJ, catching the attention of Diddy and others with his passion for hip-hop, funk and soul. Over the years that followed, he has gained success both as a solo artist and for writing and producing with notable acts including Adele, Christina Aguilera, Jay-Z, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga and Queens of the Stone Age. His work on Amy Winehouse‘s Back to Black earned him three Grammys, including producer of the year.
As a solo artist, Ronson has released four albums, including 2015’s Uptown Special, which included the critically acclaimed “Uptown Funk,” featuring Bruno Mars.
Beyond music, Ronson is dedicated to helping others. In 2015, he became a patron of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which helps disadvantaged youth through music. He has also raised money and awareness for Hope and Homes for Children and has worked with the End the Silence campaign. Ronson recently became an artist mentor at Turnaround Arts, a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which helps low-performing schools through arts education.
“The BMI Champion Award honors [Ronson’s] diverse artistic accomplishments which have left a lasting impression on fans around the world, and recognizes his dedication to making the world a better place through his humanitarian efforts,” added Cane.
The 66th Annual BMI Pop Awards will take place on Tuesday, May 8 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.