Disco and funk legend Niles Rodgers was the latest recipient of the BMI Icon Award, but there is no secret who will be one of the honorees down the line.
DJ Mustard was showered with accolades at the Saban Theater in Hollywood with a whooping twelve awards at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. The armful of awards were given for his production work on instant hits such as Tinashe’s “2 On,” Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” Ty Dolla $ign’s “Paranoid” and Big Sean’s “I Don’t F*ck With You.”
The 25-year-old Hip-Hop wizard’s historic night was also cemented by winning both Producer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for the first time in the BMI’s 76-year existence.
Rodgers, who famously got his start by co-founding the group Chic with Bernard Edwards, was subjected to equal royal treatment at the annual event. After a montage showcasing his contributions with countless megastars (Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Lady Gaga, Daft Punk, etc. etc.), a melody of his most notable hits were performed by the likes of Cee Lo Green, Kelly Price, Deborah Cox, Kathy Sledge and V. Bozeman of Empire fame.
After humbly taking the stage to accept his BMI Icon Award, Rodgers decided he wanted to jam a bit with the band. Disco may have burned out at the end of the 70s but Chic’s “Good Times” will never go out of style. Especially since its sample gave birth to Hip-Hop as we know it, as heard on The Sugarhill Gang’s 1979 classic, “Rapper’s Delight.” After flipping the hit, the legendary Chuck D graced the stage to assist with the “hippie to the hippie, the hip, hip a hop” portion and the audience soaked up every second of it.
Flip through the gallery below to a few picture highlights from the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards and keep it locked to Hip-Hop Wired for interviews with Nile Rodgers, DJ Mustard and many more.
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