Top R&B and hip-hop songwriters took the spotlight at BMI's 2013 R&B/Hip Hop Awards last Thursday (August 22). This year's ceremony honored the Cash Money/Young Money camp, specifically its founders, Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams.
The tribute included performances by Kevin Rudolf, DJ Khaled, Curren$y, and Ace Hood, as well as original Cash Money signees: Mannie Fresh, Juvenile, Turk, and Mystikal, who performed "Ha" and "Bling Bling."
Nicki Minaj shared the Songwriter of the Year honor with Benny Blanco, both penning four songs that rank amongst the year's most performed. Nicki's contributions included Big Sean's "Dance (A$$)," Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire," as well as her own songs, "Make Me Proud" and "Starships." Benny Blanco's was awarded for his contributions to Rihanna's "Diamonds," Trey Songs' "Heart Attack," "Payphone" and Wiz Khalifah's "Work Hard, Play Hard."
Trina honored Nicki with a performance of her own rendition of the YMCMB rapper's hit single, "Moment 4 Life."
"Bow Down" producer Hit-Boy was crowned Producer of the Year, having produced and written hits for Beyonce, Kanye West, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, and A$AP Rocky. Other producers recognized were Jim Jonsin and Warren "Oak" Felder.
The power of social media helped select BMI's Social Star Award, which Machine Gun Kelly won via fan voting on Twitter.
BMI also recognized the songwriters of Billboard #1 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs and HotRap Songs charts.
BallerStatus caught up with Anthony "Twilite Tone" Khan, who was being recognized for his work on the G.O.O.D. Music hit "Mercy", telling us about Big Sean's upcoming album, Hall of Fame. "My opinion on the songs for the Big Sean album is I was awestruck and taken back by the growth that Sean had from his last project mixtape to this one. I actually worked on 'MILF' and 'Mona Lisa.' When I heard the other songs, I just wanted to be a part of the whole thing, and I was very appreciative that I was a part of the songs that I did contribute to. My opinion on the album is I am really proud of what Sean has accomplished and No ID and the whole ensemble on the album."
Mario hit stage to perform "Let Me Love You", andh is latest hit "Somebody Else". He also gave us a little tidbit, his next singles will be "Fatal Distraction" and "LSD" with his album's release coming in November... and tour in October.
BMI President and CEO Del Bryant, along with BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton shared hosting duties for the night along with Ray J.