Janet Jackson Honored At The 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

Janet Jackson was honored with the BMI Icon Award at the 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards that took place in Atlanta on Wednesday night.

The event recognizes the songwriters, producers and publishers of the year’s most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs.

via Variety:

Metro Boomin was named Producer of Year for the third year in a row. He also took home Songwriter of the Year for his work on such songs as “Bad and Boujee,” “Bank Account” and “Mask Off.” Song of the Year went to The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming,” written by Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk. Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) was awarded Publisher of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. UMPG had 15 of the most performed songs of the year.

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.

Other performers included Atlanta rapper Derez De’shon (the 2018 BMI Social Star), H.E.R. and the 411 Dance Troupe. Songs by Jackson were performed by Jussie Smollett (“That’s the Way Love Goes”), Justine Skye (“Let’s Wait Awhile”), Normani (“The Pleasure Principle”) and Teyana Taylor (“I Get Lonely”).

Missy Elliott followed with a speech in honor of Jackson, during which she quoted the singer’s lyrics.

The event was hosted by Mike O’Neill, BMI President and CEO, and Catherine Brewton, VP of Creative, Atlanta, along with lifestyle personality Kenny Burns.

Congrats Janet! Check out a few moments from the evening below.

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The #SOGONECHALLENGE has Monica’s ‘So Gone’ Sales Increasing

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Its was ONLY a matter of Time

Via TheShadeRoom

We all love when a new challenge comes along and takes over social media. The latest challenge that has everyone going crazy is the #SoGoneChallenge.

The challenge went viral after Chance The Rapper posted his video and dedicated his rap to his girlfriend. Since then so many people have made their own videos, including some of our favorite celebs.

According to Forbes, since the outbreak of the challenge, the sales for Monica’s 2003 single “So Gone” has increased by 400 percent and streams have increased more than 200 percent on Apple Music.

The single has also done well on Spotify with streams increasing to 129 percent over the past few days. The music video has also reached 3.2 million views on YouTube.

Monica took on her own challenge recently and she also received raved reviews as she gave her own single a new verse, which everyone loved.

“So Gone” was produced by Missy Elliot, and appeared on Monica’s 2003 album After The Storm.