New Orleans legendary recording artist, Lil Wayne will take home the highest honor at this year’s 2023 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards taking place this September.
BMI has announced that the 5x GRAMMY® award-winning rapper will receive the honor of having a very successful career in the hip-hop game. This monumental occasion will also take place during the celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary.
The ceremony will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President, Creative, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton at LIV Nightclub in Miami Beach.
“As a legend and superstar of Hip-Hop, Lil Wayne is synonymous with the genre. He’s been part of the BMI family since 2002, and we’re proud to name him a BMI Icon in keeping with his reputation as one of the most influential artists of all time,” said Brewton. “We’re also excited to pay tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop with a celebration that reflects the genre’s legacy, which has infiltrated entertainment, fashion, sports and much more.
“We’re thrilled to be back in Miami for this history-making milestone and to recognize BMI’s songwriters and producers who will usher R&B/Hip-Hop into the next 50 years. It’s going to be a night to remember.”
The BMI Icon Award is given to esteemed music makers who have been influential throughout their careers in the music industry. Lil Wayne will join the ranks of such iconic creators who have also received BMI’s highest honor. They include Janet Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Nile Rodgers, Snoop Dogg, The Jacksons, LA Reid, Babyface, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, James Brown, and Busta Rhymes, just to name a few.
This honor just adds to the many accolades the Young Money CEO has garnered throughout his career.
Wayne Carter has won 26 BET Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards, 7 MTV Awards, and 4 Soul Train Awards. Through Broadcast Music, Inc., Wayne has received 52 BMI Awards and was named R&B/Hip Hop Songwriter of the Year for multiple years, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide with 25 million albums and 90 million digital tracks sold in the United States alone.
Lil Wayne Will Become BMI Icon at this Year’s BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards