Black Eye Peas lead man will.i.am will be presented the BMI President’s Award at the organizationâs annual Urban Awards ceremony Friday, September 10. The ceremony, held at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, will also recognize Urban Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year. The BMI President’s Award is presented on unique occasions recognizing an individual who has distinctly and profoundly influenced the entertainment industry, according to a statement. This honor celebrates will.i.am’s work as an artist, producer, and humanitarian. Former honorees include Juanes, Taylor Swift, Willie Nelson and Brian Wilson. Will.I.Am, a seven-time Grammy winner, has earned numerous BMI Pop, Urban, and London Awards. Some of his hits includes the group’s “Boom Boom Pow,” “Don’t Phunk with My Heart,” “Where Is the Love,” “I Gotta Feeling,” “My Humps,” and “Let’s Get Started”; Fergie’s solo smashes “Fergalicious,” “Glamorous,” and “Clumsy”; Estelle’s “American Boy”; Usher’s “OMG,” which he wrote and produced; and more. He has also produced for John Legend, Carlos Santana, U2, Estelle, Flo Rida, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and more. As a humanitarian, will.i.am has addressed issues affecting children via his Peapod Foundation, including housing, starvation, healthcare, education, poverty and music and artistic education.
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