Janet Jackson Honored by Missy Elliott, Aretha Franklin Remembered at BMI Awards

August 31, 2018

The 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall on Aug. 30, honored Janet Jackson with the BMI Icon Award and featured a surprise appearance by Missy Elliott. The event recognizes the songwriters, producers and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs.

In addition, the event honored the late Aretha Franklin, who, the performance rights organization noted, “Was part of the BMI family for 50 years.” Tamela Mann sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” followed by “You’ve Got a Friend” in honor of the Queen of Soul.

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