Snoop Dogg, Drake and B.o.B take top honors at BMI Urban Awards
Snoop Dogg, Drake, Lex Luger and B.o.B all took home top honors at BMI’s Urban Awards in Hollywood on Friday.
The annual event celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishing companies who had the most-performed R&B and hip-hop songs of the last year.
With seven songs that he helped pen, Drake was awarded the BMI urban songwriter of the year. Lexus “Lex Luger” Lewis became the youngest person to be named urban producer of the year as the 20-year-old logged singles from the Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West), Wale, Ace Hood, Waka Flocka Flame and Rick Ross. B.o.B took home the urban song of the year award for “Nothin’ on You.” Urban publisher of the year went to the Universal Music Publishing Group.
Before being given the BMI icon award by friend and longtime collaborator Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg was honored with a string of his hits from Wiz Khalifa, Lady of Rage, Too Short, Warren G, Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, Game, Charlie Wilson, Akon and Nas.
"I gotta lot of love for this man; he's one of the people responsible for putting me where I am today,” Dr. Dre said during his speech. “He makes me excited to go into the studio and make music."
Snoop joins a list of past honorees that includes George Clinton, The Jacksons, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard and Chuck Berry.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: The Game, left, Snoop Dogg, musician Bootsy Collins and singer Charlie Wilson perform at the 11th Annual BMI Urban Awards at the Pantages Theatre on Aug. 26, 2011. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images