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The BMI Awards are annual award ceremonies for songwriters in various genres organized by Broadcast Music, Inc., based in the United States and honoring songwriters and publishers. BMI Award shows include the BMI Latin Awards, BMI Pop Awards, BMI Film/TV Awards, BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, BMI London Awards, BMI Country Awards, BMI Christian Awards and the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors.[1] The main pop music award was founded in 1952.[2][3] The 63rd Annual BMI Pop Awards were held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on May 13, 2015.[4]

The 64th annual BMI Pop Awards took place on 10 May 2016, with Taylor Swift winning an award named after her.[5]

The BMI Student Composer Award—for young composers of classical music—has been won by such composers as Philip Glass (1959), John Adams (1970), Stephen Jaffe (1974), Jonathan Elliott (1985, 1987), and Mason Bates (2003).[6][7]


  1. ^ "BMI Awards". BMI. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Rich Podolsky, Don Kirshner: The Man with the Golden Ear, ISBN 1458471551, 2012. Quote: "For songwriters, a BMI Award was the near equivalent of an Oscar. BMI is the organization that keeps track of airplay, both radio and television, for music ..."
  3. ^ Billboard, 15 Oct 1977. Quote: "The breakfast concept lasted a few years, then the BMI Awards became the most prestigious event"
  4. ^ "Oscar-Winning Composer Alexandre Desplat Honored as BMI Icon at 2015 Film/TV Awards", BMI website
  5. ^ Savage, Mark (May 11, 2016). "Taylor Swift collects Taylor Swift award". BBC. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "Genres: BMI Student Composer Award Winners". Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  7. ^ Swayne, Steve (April 2014). Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199367849.

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