The 2016 BMI R&B/Hip Hop Awards are coming to Atlanta, GA on Thursday, September 1.
For the first time in its 15 year history BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) will bring their Awards to Atlanta, GA. The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Toni Braxton will be honored with the BMI President’s Award in recognition of her distinguished career and substantial influence on popular music over last 25 years.
The BMI President’s Award is presented on special occasions to an individual songwriter, composer, producer or executive who has made exemplary contributions to the art of music and has profoundly influenced the entertainment industry. This year Toni Braxton will be joining the circle of previous honorees, who include Ludacris and Will.i.am.
“We are proud to bring the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards to Atlanta for the first time and to honor Toni Braxton with our President’s Award,” said Catherine Brewton (Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations). “As one of the top-selling R&B artists of all time, combined with her philanthropic efforts, I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this recognition.”
As a part of the R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, Social Star comes back for the fifth time. It’s a contest which aims to find the songwriter with the most engaged social media audience. Voting opens Monday, August 15 in conjunction with the official announcement of this year’s songwriter contestants. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite contestant across BMI’s Instagram and Twitter account. 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.