Mariah Carey will be honored with a BMI Icon Award at the BMI Urban Awards this Fall.
Selected because of her "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers," Carey will join the ranks of James Brown, Little Richard, Al Green, The Bee Gees and Willie Nelson to name a few.
"Mariah Carey is one of the most prolifically successful songwriters of the last several decades in any genre of music. With her distinct five-octave vocal range and the finesse with which she scaled it, Carey defined the modern pop performance, delivering the songs she wrote with awe-inspiring grace and power," reports BMI.
Scheduled for Friday, September 7 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, the star-studded BMI Urban Awards is a draw for the entire entertainment community celebrating songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed urban songs of the previous year.
The BMI Urban Awards will include an all-star musical tribute to Mariah Carey, as well as the presentation of the Urban Songwriter, Song, Producer and Publisher of the Year crystals.
Carey released "The Essential Mariah Carey" collection on May 8 of this year and is currently in the studio, writing and recording her next album for Island Def Jam Music Group.