Brandy honored with the BMI president's award at the 2019 BMI R&B/HIP-HOP awards

BMI celebrated the songwriters, producers and publishers of the past year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs during the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held at the Sandy Springs Arts Center in Atlanta. Multiple-award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Brandy received the BMI President’s Award in recognition of her powerful impact on the entertainment industry and her timeless hits, which have secured her place in R&B history.

Brandy honored with the BMI president's award at the 2019 BMI R&B/HIP-HOP awards
BMI Assistant Vice President of Creative Los Angeles, Wardell Malloy, BMI President & CEO, Mike O'Neill, Kierra Sheard, 2019 BMI President's Award Recipient, Brandy Norwood, Jade Novah, Samoht, Eric Bellinger, and BMI Vice President of Creative Atlanta, Catherine Brewton The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for BMI)

Brandy honored with the BMI president's award at the 2019 BMI R&B/HIP-HOP awards
"God's Plan" wins Song of the Year during The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for BMI)

Hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President, Creative, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton, the evening included stellar performances by some of the hottest artists on the music scene. The ceremony kicked off with a moving tribute video in honor of the late rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle to celebrate his musical legacy and remarkable philanthropic work. Atlanta-based rapper Gunna followed with a medley of his biggest hits, ending with his smash “Drip Too Hard” featuring Lil Baby, who joined him on stage for the performance. Afterwards, Gunna received a special award in recognition of the song garnering one billion streams. TV personality and comedian, DC Young Fly then presented Memphis rapper NLE Choppa with the 2019 BMI Social Star Award.

Brandy honored with the BMI president's award at the 2019 BMI R&B/HIP-HOP awards
Vashawn Mitchell attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BMI)

Brandy honored with the BMI president's award at the 2019 BMI R&B/HIP-HOP awards
Safaree attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BMI)

The evening also featured a series of special tributes to Brandy, which began with contemporary R&B singer/songwriter Jade Novah performing a beautiful rendition of “Talk About Our Love.” The tributes continued with Samoht singing a stripped-down version of “Brokenhearted,” followed by gospel singer Kierra Sheard’s sultry performance of two of Brandy’s power ballads, “Have You Ever” and “He Is.” Eric Bellinger rounded out the tributes with “Baby” and “Nothing” which had the audience singing along. Brandy’s brother, Ray J, took to the stage and serenaded his sister with “Best Friend” before she was presented with the BMI President’s Award. Brandy accepted the accoladed with an impromptu performance, encouraged by the audience, of “I Wanna Be Down,” before singing her iconic hit “Almost Doesn’t Count.”

Brandy honored with the BMI president's award at the 2019 BMI R&B/HIP-HOP awards
BMI Assistant Vice President of Creative Los Angeles, Wardell Malloy and BMI Vice President of Creative Atlanta, Catherine Brewton, Donald Lawrence, and Le'Andria Johnson attend The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BMI) Byline: Paras Griffin Copyright: 2019 Getty Images Keywords: Arts Culture and Entertainment

Brandy honored with the BMI president's award at the 2019 BMI R&B/HIP-HOP awards
Eric Bellinger attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BMI)

The event also honored the top producers and songwriters of the previous year’s 35 bestperforming R&B/hip-hop songs in the U.S. from BMI’s repertoire of more than 14 million musical works. Wheezy Beatz tied for Producer of the Year with Tay Keith. Keith also received the coveted Songwriter of the Year award, an honor he shared with Post Malone, marking his second tie for the evening. Song of the Year went to “God’s Plan” by Yung Exclusive and Marciano and Sony/ATV was named Publisher of the Year for having 18 of the most performed songs of the year including “Sicko Mode,” “I Like It” and “In My Feelings.”

Brandy honored with the BMI president's award at the 2019 BMI R&B/HIP-HOP awards
DC Young Fly attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BMI)

As the 2019 BMI President’s Award honoree, Brandy joins previous recipients Curtis Mayfield, Ludacris, Toni Braxton and Will.i.am, among others in sharing this distinction.

Brandy honored with the BMI president's award at the 2019 BMI R&B/HIP-HOP awards
NLE Choppa attends The 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on August 29, 2019 in Sandy Springs, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BMI)


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