Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams — the brothers who created the Cash Money and Young Money record labels along with nurturing the careers of Nicki Minaj and Drake — were the guests of honor at the BMI 2013 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Thursday night inside New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
The Williams brothers, who have spent 20 years in the music industry, were honored with an all-star musical tribute led by Doug E. Fresh.
“Tonight the reason why this is such a great, great, great thing is because the one thing that I get from Cash Money…is that it’s a family,” Dougie told the crowd. “Out of all the things — you see the success — but the one thing that has the most impact is that I see the relationship.”
Cash Money artists, such as Mystikal, Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, Turk and Trina, performed some of the label’s chart-topping hits throughout the years.
Other artists also took home awards, including Machine Gun Kelly, who nabbed the Social Star Award, besting Schoolboy Q, Trinidad James and Childish Gambino. Universal Music Group nabbed Publisher of the Year, and Nicki Minaj earned Song of the Year thanks to “Starships.” Nicki also won Songwriter of the Year along with Benny Blanco, the man behind songs like Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” and Maroon 5‘s “Moves Like Jagger.”
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