Young Money/Cash Money artists Drake, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj shared the award podium at the BMI Urban Awards.
Drake and Lil Wayne were joint winners of the Songwriter of the Year. For the second year in a row Drake earned this title for a string of hits including “Aston Martin Music,” “Headlines,” “Moment 4 Life,” and “What’s My Name?,” as well as “Right Above It,” ‘I’m On One” and “She Will,” which he co-wrote with Lil Wayne. Lil Wayne’s crossover records “6 Foot 7 Foot,” “How to Love,” “Look at Me Now,” and “Motivation” propelled him to the top honor.
Songwriters Ester Dean and Kane Beatz were honored with the title of Song of the Year for crafting Nicki Minaj’s radio smash “Super Bass.”
The crown for the Producer of the Year was earned by Pop Wansel for the instrumentals he produced for Trey Songz, Kelly Rowland, Drake, Fantasia, Ginuwine, Busta Ryhmes and others.
Jermaine Dupri led a tribute with the help of Karen Clark Sheard, Joe, Eric Benet, and Fantasia to honor Mariah Carey’s contributions to music starting in 1990. Carey was named a BMI Icon for a successful career, she has sold over 200 million albums and singles atop of earning Grammy Awards, Billboard Awards, Soul Train Awards, Brit Awards amongst others.