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Nile Rodgers Honored as Icon At BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards + DJ Mustard, B.o.B, Sevyn Streeter, Snoop Dogg, Deborah Cox, Kelly Price, Evan Ross, Tyrese + more


Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, presented the BMI Icon Award to GRAMMY-winning songwriter, composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, Nile Rodgers, at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on August 28th. The star-studded event celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year.

Rodgers was honored for his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers and his ability to connect people through song and defy musical expectations. As the 2015 BMI Icon Award recipient, Rodgers joins an elite list of previous honorees that includes The Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard and Al Green, to name a few.

The evening featured a slew of performances: B.o.B opened with a medley of hits, followed by IloveMakonnen who kept the energy going with “Tuesday.” Backed by music director Rickey Minor, as well as band and Donald Lawrence’s vocals, the high-powered Icon tribute was kicked off by R&B chanteuses Kelly Price covering “Upside Down,” Deborah Cox’s delivery of “I’m Coming Out,” Kathy Sledge and the Company offering a rousing rendition of “We Are Family,” and Empire’s V. Bozeman’s vibrant version of “I Want Your Love.” The celebration continued with CeeLo Green’s dynamic performance of “Let’s Dance.” The night concluded with the top honoree taking the stage to perform fan favorites “Good Times” and “Rappers Delight,” with hip-hop legend Chuck D joining Rodgers.

Additional top honors presented at the awards ceremony: John Legend “All of Me” earned the Song of the Year prize; DJ Mustard was crowned the Songwriter of the Year for penning hits “2 On,” “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” “I Don’t F**ck With You,” “Main Chick,” “My Hitta,” “Na Na,” “No Mediocre,” “Paranoid,” “Show Me,” and “Who Do You Love?” DJ Mustard also won the coveted Producer of the Year award for the second year in a row, while Universal Music Publishing Group accepted the prestigious Publisher of the Year crystal for having 18 of the most-performed songs from the previous year. BMI also recognized top producers Kanye West, J Cole, Jim Jonsin, Michael “Finatik” Mulé and Isaac De Boni.

SoMo won the BMI Social Star Award. Selected by fans voting via Twitter and Instagram, the award salutes the BMI R&B/hip-hop songwriter who has best demonstrated the power of social media to showcase their songwriting talents.

BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton shared the evening’s hosting duties with R&B artist and actor Ray J.

Guests celebrated and mingled while enjoying Red Bull cocktails during the evening’s festivities. BMI partnered with HD Radio, TW Steel, Provider Inc. and KIND Snacks to present the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

Photos by Lester Cohen & Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for BMI

Photos Provided to SFPL by BMI, Inc. 

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Janet Jackson To Postpone Tour Preperations Following Father Joe Jackson’s Recent Stroke


janet jackson and dancers in rehearsal

Plans for the Unbreakable World Tour has been placed on hold after news that Joe Jackson has recently fallen ill. Janet flew via private jet to the aide of her father, after hearing he had suffered a mini stroke in  Sao Paulo, Brazil on his 87th birthday.

According to Entertainment Tonight , Jackson’s tour prep will remain on hold and that she will stay by her famous dad’s bedside until he’s stable.

Read more after the jump… 

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[The Daily Word] Jackson Family Drama…

I’m sure by now you’ve heard all about the drama surrounding the Jackson clan (*sings* 2100 Jackson Street …). If not, let me pull you up to speed.


Ohh Michael …

The drama started when Katherine Jackson, Mother of Michael and court appointed guardian of his off spring went missing 10 days ago. The children especially Paris had been trying to communicate with their Grandma, but she refused to pick up the phone, leading to allegations of abandonment and kidnapping.

Yes Kidnapping.

Enter  Randy, Jermaine and Janet Jackson who come to the residence and attempt to take the kids to Arizona. However, Security wouldn’t let the siblings near the children without orders from Mama Jackson.

Friend Request Denied.

During the arrival of Janet and Co. Janet attempted to confiscate Paris’ cell phone as a means to stop Paris from Tweeting all the family’s business. She was unsuccessful.

Then, Katherine Jackson was temporarily stripped of her guardianship over Michael‘s 3 kids, and an L.A. judge appointed Tito Jackson‘s son TJ to become the temporary guardian.

Yes TJ, formerly of failed Jackson Group, 3T

Then, allegedly Katherine’s abductors were identified as Randy, Janet, Jermaine and Rebbie. Now you know Rebbie had to get into the mix since they’ve ignored her existence since the release of her one hit Centerpede.

No Shade.

Allegedly, Katherine was held up in Arizona in a scheme to pressure Katherine to try and overthrow the executors of the Michael Jackson estate.

Stay With Me …

After 10 days, enters Katherine claiming the reason she hasn’t checked in with her grandkids for the past 10 days was because she simply didn’t feel like using the phone.

I don’t think Katherine is familiar with using cell phones, so this is believable.

There are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped,” Jackson said … adding, “I am here today to let everybody to know that I am good and fine.”

“My children would never do anything to me like that.”

At some point, Papa Joe, showed up, Nobody cared. Katherine was then accused of being drugged up, I mean, she is 101 though. Kat has denied all the allegations, and the investigation remains open.

Katherine Jackson’s lawyer and business manager have thus far declined to comment and the children are still with “Uncle TJ”.

I will update you as my Jackson Family informant …

*cough cough*

Fills me in.
-Stay Fly!