The year’s biggest artists, songwriters and producers were honored at the 2014 Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles last night (Aug. 23). Featuring the night’s biggest honoree, Ludacris was given the prestigious President’s Award for his culmative achievements in music, including over 25 million album sales worldwide.
The rapper/actor thanked BMI for their recognition of his mark on the culture, despite his current focus on Hollywood.
“I want to thank [...] the entire BMI staff for still believing in a Negro even though I’ve been shooting movies and haven’t put out an album in the last four years,” he said. “That’s a lot of faith right there because I’m about to get right back to the music. This is my first love and this is what got me here in the first place.”
Also acknowledging his mother and his team, Ludacris then took the stage to perform a healthy catalog of his hits, including “Stand Up,” Usher’s “Yeah!,” “Area Codes,” “How Low Can You Go,” “Southern Hospitality,” and “Fantasy.” He was also joined by Mystikal onstage for “Move Bitch.”
Chris Brown was also among the night’s honorees, earning a Citation Of Achievement for over 1 million broadcast performances of his hit “Forever.” He thanked his fans during his acceptance speech.
“I just appreciate all the singers and songwriters who helped me get to this point, making all this great music,” he said. “I didn’t do it by myself, the fans really put and jumpstarted it where it needed to be. And I just wanna thank y’all.”
Rounding out the list of recipients was also DJ Mustard, who was named Producer of the Year, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who snagged Song of the Year for “Can’t Hold Us.”
Peep the full list of BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Award winners here.