Additional honorees include Kane Beatz, Polow Da Don, R. Kelly, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg.
The BMI Urban Awards were held last night at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California, honoring the songwriters, producers and music publishers of this past year’s most-performed BMI R&B and Hip Hop songs.
According to Billboard.biz, Drake was awarded his first songwriter of the year award, dedicating the award to his mother. “I really want to dedicate this award real quick to my mother, who never gave me the definition of a word in my life. I would always ask her what this meant, she’d always make me look it up. And I would have to look up all these words and I’d have to learn words and build a vocabulary.”
Snoop Dogg was the recipient of the BMI Icon Award. During a tribute performance, “Wiz Khalifa kicked off the tribute with ‘Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang’; The Lady of Rage followed with ‘Deep Cover’; Too $hort delivered ‘Gin & Juice’; Warren G, Kurupt and Daz Dillinger came together for ‘Ain’t No Fun’; Game performed ‘Murder was the Case’; Charlie Wilson delivered ‘Beautiful’; Akon followed with ‘Sexual Seduction’; Nas and Kurupt wowed with ‘Next Episode’; and lastly, Aftermath’s Dr. Dre offered a heartfelt speech before Snoop Dogg himself joined Bootsy Collins and Charlie Wilson on stage to deliver ‘What’s My Name?’ as the towering finale.”
Watch footage from the event below, via Rap-Up.