Past and present Cash Money Records stars reunited in celebration of label founders Brian “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams at this year’s Broadcast Music, Inc.’s R&B/Hip-Hop Awards held in New York City’s Manhattan Center Thursday (Aug. 22).
Ray J split hosting duties with BMI president and CEO Del Bryant and vice president Catherine Brewton, while Juvenile, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Turk, Mack Maine, and Mannie Fresh were all on hand to salute Birdman and Slim’s coveted BMI Icon honor, spotlighting their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.”
The duo was also treated to a star-studded music tribute featuring performances from DJ Khaled, Mystikal, Future, Curren$y, Ace Hood, Busta Rhymes, and more. Each rapper did their interpretation of a Cash Money classic, leading up to a Hot Boys reunion set of “Bling Bling” performed by Juve, Fresh and Turk.
Cash Money also grabbed many of the night’s other big wins. Minaj earned the Songwriter of the Year award for “Starships” and features on “Make Me Proud,” “Girl on Fire,” and “Dance (A$$).” She shared the title with producer/songwriter Benny Blanco, recognized for “Diamonds,” “Payphone,” “Heart Attack,” and “Work Hard Play Hard.” And her “Starships” snagged Song of the Year.
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