The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am will receive BMI’s President’s Award at the performance rights group’s Sept. 10 Urban Awards, to be held at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.
Kudo, presented only on unique occasions, honors the musician’s work as artist, producer and humanitarian. Previous honorees include Jaunes, Taylor Swift, Willie Nelson and Brian Wilson.
The Black Eyed Peas’ Interscope album “The E.N.D.” is one of the biggest sellers in recent memory; it stands at No. 14 on the U.S. album chart this week, 60 weeks after its release, and has sold 2.7 million copies domestically, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Songwriter-producer will.i.am has won seven Grammys and countless BMI awards. He co-wrote the Peas’ hits “Boom Boom Pow,” “Don’t Phunk With My Heart,” “Where Is the Love,” “I Gotta Feeling,” “My Humps” and “Let’s Get Started,” and wrote or co-authored solo hits for bandmate Fergie and for Usher. He has produced such top acts as John Legend, Carlos Santana, U2, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Mary J. Blige.
His charitable Peapod Foundation is active in such children’s issues as housing, hunger, health care, education, poverty and music and arts education.
The Urban Awards ceremony will honor writers and publishers of the most-performed urban songs of the previous year.