BMI®, the global leader in music rights management, on August 22nd presented the BMI Icon Award to Cash Money Records’ Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at the Manhattan Center in New York City. The star-studded event, was hosted by the BMI President and CEO Del Bryant and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Catherine Brewton shared the evening’s hosting duties with Ray J. Formerly known as the BMI Urban Awards, which celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year.
Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams were named BMI Icons because of their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” The brothers, who co-founded Cash Money Records in 1991, were treated to an all-star tribute, which included performances by Kevin Rudolf, DJ Khaled, Mystikal, Future, Curren$y, Ace Hood, Busta Rhymes, Turk, Mannie Fresh and Juvenile. Each artist delivered a dynamic interpretation of a Cash Money classic, such as “Slow Motion,” performed by Curren$y, and “Ha” performed by Mystikal.
The evening’s performers were all out shined by the pseudo performance of Manny Fresh, Baby, Juvy and Lil Wayne. I say pseudo because they performed but not really, there was music, and they all had a mic but it didn’t seemed planned. But when they did ‘Back that azz up” Wayne finally conceded and did his verse from his seat which regardless of the laziness we all enjoyed and yelled like we were young again. Some of the night’s weird moments was when Lil Wayne hit the stage with earphones on but even more disturbing was when Trina came out to honor Nicki Minaj. Yes Trina the bona fide hip-hop veteran came out to honor Nicki Minaj. Lastly, a long time No Limit Soldier Mystikal, came out to honor Cash Money, and even though their beef has been over for years, it still felt weird to see Mystikal representing for Cash Money.
Nicki Minaj and Benny Blanco shared the Songwriter of the Year crown by each writing four songs that rank among the year’s most-performed. Nicki’s top contributions include “Dance (A$$),” “Girl On Fire,” “Make Me Proud,” and “Starships.” Benny Blanco was recognized for “Diamonds,” “Heart Attack,” “Payphone,” and “Work Hard Play Hard.” Nicki Minaj’s ubiquitous “Starships” earned Song of the Year honors for its writers Minaj, Wayne Hector, and RedOne. Hit-Boy earned the Producer of the Year crystal. The incredible songwriter/producer has helmed boards for hits by Kanye West, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky, among many others.
At the end the whole Cash Money except B.G and Turk were all there, drunk, and enjoying the night. It was a good thing it wasn’t televised, I’m not sure if the FCC would’ve had some issues with the language. Check out video of the night here.
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