Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Gamble & Huff honored at the 57th Annual BMI Pop Awards
On May 19, the leading music rights organization Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) held its 57th Annual Pop Awards, honoring Gamble & Huff as BMI Icons.
Held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, the invitation-only ceremony was hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and BMI Vice President/General Manager, Los Angeles, Barbara Cane and also recognized the writers and publishers of the past year's 50 most-performed pop songs.
The evening's capstone was a musical tribute to Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. Gavin DeGraw sang "If You Don't Know Me By Now," Estelle performed "Don't Leave Me This Way," and Michael Bublé delivered his rendition of "Me and Mrs. Jones." Named BMI Icons in recognition of their "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers," Gamble & Huff join an elite list of previous BMI Icons that includes the Jacksons, Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Merle Haggard, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Ray Davies, Carlos Santana, Dolly Parton, and Hall & Oates.