Drake, B.o.B and Snoop Dogg Honored at BMI Urban Awards
Drake, B.o.B and Snoop Dogg were all honored at the 11th annual BMI Urban Awards on Friday (Aug. 26) in Los Angeles. The event salutes songwriters, producers and music publishers who had the most-played R&B and hip-hop songs within the past year.
Drizzy was honored for his strong pen game on such chart-topping tunes as ‘Find Your Love,’ ‘Say Something,’ ‘Over’ and ‘Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready),’ just to name a few. Upon accepting his trophy (for his very first Songwriter of the Year Award), Drake dedicated his award to his mother for helping him develop his lexicon skills.
“I really want to dedicate this award real quick to my mother, who never gave me the definition of a word in my life,” he says. “I would always ask her what this [word] meant [and] she’d always make me look it up. And I would have to look up all these words and I’d have to learn words and build a vocabulary.”
Drake also thanked André 3000 and Kanye West before firing a shot at former Universal Motown executive Sylvia Rhone, who once told him he’d never make it in the biz. Well, guess who’s eating crow now.
Meanwhile, rapper B.o.B and producer Lex Luger became the youngest artists ever to be honored at the BMI Urban Music Awards, at ages 22 and 20, respectively. B.o.B nabbed an Urban Song of the Year trophy for his ubiquitous hit single ‘Nothin’ On You’ (Featuring Bruno Mars), while Luger received an award for Urban Producer of the Year.
But the night belonged to Snoop Dogg as he was presented with the BMI Icon award at the annual ceremony. The veteran rhyme-slinger thanked Dr. Dre for discovering him, as well as Drake and Luger for inspiring him to keep rapping in the game. Most importantly, Snoop thanked his wife, Shanté Broadus, for putting up with his crap.
“I would like to thank my lovely wife Shanté she always been there for me through the good times and the bad times,” he says. “I always put you through the worst times and always been on the wrong side with you, but I’m going to get that s–t right, though, you can believe that.”
Afterward, S to the Dizzle was joined by legendary bassist Bootsy Collins and Gap Band crooner Charlie Wilson onstage for a lively rendition of “What’s My Name?” Snoop Dogg joins such previous BMI Icon honorees as the Jacksons, Willie Nelson, George Clinton and James Brown. Snoop is in very good company, for rizzle my dizzle.
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