New York, NY (PRWEB) September 16, 2009
The who's who of urban music was represented last Thursday night as the 9th Annual BMI Urban Awards took place at the esteemed Fredrick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz, at the Lincoln Center in the heart of New York City. Super-producer Polow da Don was awarded for his work on Mario's, "Crying Out For Me," and Usher's number one single, "Love In This Club," in addition to receiving the ultimate honor of BMI's 'Producer of the Year' for 2009.
In previous years, Polow has been awarded for his success on hits such as Rich Boy's "Throw Some D's," Ciara's "Promise," Fergie's "London Bridge," and Chris Brown's "Forever," as well as his most notable honors with BMI; being named Pop Songwriter of the Year for two consecutive years.
The evening began with the intimate BMI and Coca-Cola #1 pre-award show hosted by Letoya Luckett and Adrienne Bailon where BMI-affiliated writers and artists were acknowledged for reaching #1 on the Billboard charts. Keri Hilson, who is signed to Polow's Zone 4, Inc., received an award for her hit single "Knock You Down" which features Ne-Yo and Kanye West, who was also named BMI's Producer of the Year. The pre-award show featured performances by Keri Hilson, Mario and Sean Garrett.
The 9th annual awards ceremony was hosted by BMI President/CEO, Del Bryant, and Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations, Catherine Brewton. The show opened with performances from Rick Ross followed by Plies, Bobby Valentino and an all-star tribute to George Clinton performed by artists such as Big Boi, Dallas Austin, Cee-Lo, Janelle Monae and Bootsy Collins.
Recently, Polow has been preparing the release of Lebron James' "More Than A Game" soundtrack which features his newest addition to the Zone 4, Inc. lineup, Ester Dean. The first two singles from the soundtrack are Mary J. Blige's "Stronger" which was written by Dean, as well as "Drop It Low" which is both written and performed by Dean. Dean has already written for artists such as T.I., Pussycat Dolls, Keyshia Cole and Keri Hilson. However, "Drop It Low" marks Dean's debut as an artist under Zone 4, Inc./Interscope Records.
Alongside his musical success, Polow is also giving back to the communities that raised him. He is currently preparing for his 3rd annual Thanksgiving Carnival in Atlanta's Zone 4, which will be held on Tuesday, November 24th under his newly founded youth driven non-profit organization, Foundation F.O.C.U.S. (Focusing On Completion Until Successful).
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