(via BMI) Mariah Carey will be honored as a BMI Icon at the BMI Urban Awards, scheduled for Friday, September 7 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The star-studded event draws the entire entertainment community together to celebrate the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed urban songs of the previous year.
BMI Icons are selected because of their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” As the 2012 honoree, Mariah Carey will join ranks that include The Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, Al Green, The Bee Gees, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, to name a few.
Mariah Carey is one of the most prolifically successful songwriters of the last several decades in any genre of music. With her distinct five-octave vocal range and the finesse with which she scaled it, Carey defined the modern pop performance, delivering the songs she wrote with awe-inspiring grace and power.
The BMI Urban Awards will include an all-star musical tribute to Mariah Carey, as well as the presentation of the Urban Songwriter, Song, Producer and Publisher of the Year crystals. BMI President & CEO Del Bryant will share the evening’s hosting duties with Catherine Brewton, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta.
For more information on the BMI Urban Awards and other BMI Urban events, visit www.bmi.com/urban.