*Legendary hit maker Nile Rogers was recently honored at the 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards with the BMI Icon Award. It was held at The Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills and some of his hits were performed by Debra Cox, Kelly Price, CeeLo Green, and Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge) who performed one of the biggest hits “We are Family.” Rapper B.o.B. opened the BMI member exclusive red carpeted show with a performance of his hits, and Ray J and BMI VP Catherine Brewton were host.
“I think when it comes to that song its iconic and we know he wrote so many but that one surpass music,” Grammy nominated Kathy Sledge said about her groups’ infamously popular song “We are Family.” “It’s more…its like ‘Happy Birthday’ it’s the message. I have two year olds coming up to me singing it.”
Each year BMI awards their R&B and Hip-Hop members that topped the charts – songwriters, composers, music publisher and businesses. Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus and DJ Mustard were two of many 2015 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Award winners that were present at the event.
“I feel very fortunate,” said Evan Ross (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 & 2) during the red carpet arrivals about his career as an actor and performer. “I feel like everything is coming together. I have such an incredible happiness right now.”
Meeting the son of the living legend Diana Ross and seeing how he possesses such a sweet humble personality made my year in more ways than one, but getting Jacob Latimore to sing for me gave me assurance that there is still natural talent out there.
“You got me out here singing…I’m ready now,” laughed Jacob after singing the lyrics “I was born by the river in a little tent…” I believe that’s Sam Cook’s hit.
Nile Rogers, the co-founder of CHIC (“Le Freak”), received the BMI Icon Award for his outstanding work in the industry on projects for Diana Ross, Sister Sledge, David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran, Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson. He has sold over 200 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide.
BMI is celebrating 75 years, its president and CEO Mike O’Neill was on hand to present the Icon Award to Rogers. It has more than 600,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. BMI represents public performance rights for more than 8.5 million music works.
Public Relations Society of America member Eunice Moseley appears as featured expert in Dr. Westbrooks’ new book, ‘The Anatomy of the Music Industry’
*I was honored when approach to be included in a new book about the change in the music industry written by Dr. Logan Westbrooks. Having the invite come from someone I highly respect, like LaRita Shelby (EURweb.com), topped it off. The book is titled ‘The Anatomy of the Music Industry: How the Game Was and How the Game Has Changed” and it’s to be released in October, 2015.
Not many know that I am a Public Relations specialist via my company Freelance Associates and that I have a Masters in Public Relations or that I am a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the largest organization of public relations and journalism professionals in the world. Most know me as a journalist. I’ve written on the entertainment industry since 1986 and as a syndicated columnist, The Pulse of Entertainment, for over 20 years which as an estimated combined weekly readership of ¼ million (www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com). I served for a while as Entertainment Editor at The Baltimore Times, and recently authored a biographically based book of poems titled “Journey to Love: A Book of Poems Vol1 & 2” (Amazon).
Dr. Westbrooks’ career in the music business includes working as Director of Special Markets at Capital Records and Columbia Records International, and as Executive Manager at CBS Africa. He brings all that experience and the experience of other professionals in his new book ‘The Anatomy of the Music Industry: How the Game Was and How the Game Has Changed” to offer an insight as to where the music industry is headed.
(Syndicated Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Sat October 24, 2015 the “Uplifting Minds II” Free Entertainment Conference at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA host by KDAY 93.5FM. EVENT: Sat April 16, 2016 the “Uplifting Minds II” Free Entertainment Conference arrives in Baltimore at Security Square Mall. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.)