Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), is pleased to announce that Patti LaBelle will be named the BMI Icon at the 2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. LaBelle will receive this honor in recognition of her extraordinary career achievements and countless contributions to the musical landscape over the past five decades. The event will be held Thursday, August 31st at The Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall in Atlanta and will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton.
“Patti’s work as an entertainer and her involvement in humanitarian efforts have touched the lives of many people,” said Brewton. “Her music transcends genres and generations paving the way for aspiring songwriters to follow in her footsteps. She is the epitome of an icon, and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor than Patti LaBelle.”
The private event will also salute the songwriters, producers, publishers and administrators of the past year’s most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs in the United States from BMI’s repertoire of more than 12 million musical works. The BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriter, Producer and Publisher of the Year will be named during the ceremony.
In addition, BMI’s Social Star competition honoring the songwriter with the most engaged social media audience will be returning for the sixth year. Beginning August 14th, fans will be able to vote for their favorite contestant across BMI’s Instagram and Twitter accounts. The songwriter with the most Instagram likes and use of their specialized Twitter hashtag will claim the prize. Previous winners have included Mac Miller, Machine Gun Kelly, Zendaya, SoMo and Joey Bada$$.
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