BMI to honor the Gap Band as BMI Icons

June 2, 2005 at 2:49 PM
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MIAMI, June 2 (UPI) -- Broadcast Music Inc. will honor the soul/funk group the Gap Band as a BMI Icon during the organization's 5th annual Urban Awards ceremony Aug. 26 in Miami.

The ceremony and dinner will coincide with the MTV Video Awards being held Aug. 28.

Fronted by Charlie Wilson and his brothers Ronnie and Robert, the Gap Band became one of the most influential groups in R&B history, producing songs such as "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," "Party Train," "Burn Rubber," "Oops Upside Your Head" and "Outstanding."

The trio officially was cited for its "enduring influence on generations of music makers."

Previous BMI Icons winners include Chuck Berry, James Brown, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Loretta Lynn, Van Morrison, Dolly Parton, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon and Brian Wilson.

The BMI Urban Awards recognize the songwriters and publishers of the most played urban songs on U.S. radio and television. An urban song of the year, songwriter of the year, publisher of the year and producer of the year will be named during the ceremony.

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