Rapper named urban songwriter of the year
Currently incarcerated on a weapons charge, rapper Lil Wayne was feted as BMI’s urban songwriter of the year at the performing rights org’s 2010 Urban Awards ceremony Sept. 10 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.Honored as urban song of the year was the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow,” written by will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo and published by Cherry River Music Co., Jeepney Music Inc., Tab Magnetic Publishing and will.i.am music. Industry leader EMI Music Publisher scored urban publisher of the year. Polow Da Don (Polow-Freache Jamal Fincher Jones), architect of recent hits by Robin Thicke, Christina Aguilera, Usher and 50 Cent, was named producer of the year. As previously announced (Variety, Aug. 6), will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas received the BMI President’s Award for his artistic and humanitarian efforts. Lil Wayne repeated as songwriter of the year with six of the most-performed songs of the year: Drake’s “Best I Ever Had,” “Every Girl,” “Forever” and “Successful,” the Game’s “My Life” and Keri Hilson’s “Turnin’ Me On.” He has been jailed at Rikers Island in New York since March. Evening was hosted by BMI president/chief operating officer Del Bryant and vp of writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton with performer Ray J.