BMI has announced that it will present rapper Lil Wayne with the BMI Icon Award at the 2023 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on September 6.
BMI said its highest honor will recognize Wayne’s illustrious career spanning over 20 years and his incomparable influence on the genre and beyond. The evening will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of hip-hop, paying tribute to its legacy and continued influence on music creators and fans across multiple generations.
Hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President, Creative, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton, the private event will be held at LIV Nightclub in Miami Beach.
“As a legend and superstar of Hip-Hop, Lil Wayne is synonymous with the genre. He’s been part of the BMI family since 2002, and we’re proud to name him a BMI Icon in keeping with his reputation as one of the most influential artists of all time,” said Brewton.
During the ceremony, BMI will also salute the songwriters, producers and music publishers of the past year’s 35 most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs in the United States.
Hip-hop megastars will take the stage for special tribute performances.
The BMI Icon Award is presented to songwriters, composers or producers who have distinctly and profoundly influenced the music industry, leaving an indelible and unique influence on generations of music makers.
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