Queen to Be Honored as BMI Icons at BMI London Awards
Queen will be named BMI Icons at the organizationâ€™s annual London Awards. The ceremony is slated for Tuesday, October 4 at Londonâ€™s Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane.
BMI honors songwriters who have had â€œa unique and indelible influence on generations of music makersâ€ as Icons. Queenâ€™s Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon join a list of past honorees that includes 2010 recipient Don Black, Van Morrison, Donovan, the Bee Gees, James Brown, Willie Nelson, and more.
Queen delivered drama, precision and, perhaps most of all, timeless songs. There are numerous BMI Awards between the four members, who are all songwriters with contributions to the bandâ€™s deep repertoire. Mercury penned â€œWe Are the Champions,â€ â€œSomebody to Loveâ€ and â€œCrazy Little Thing Called Loveâ€; May composed â€œWe Will Rock Youâ€ and â€œFat Bottomed Girlsâ€; Deacon wrote â€œAnother One Bites the Dustâ€; and along with friend David Bowie, they all came together to write â€œUnder Pressure.â€ Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2003, they became the first band ever to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as a group rather than as individuals.
BMI represents the songs mentioned above and many others from Queenâ€™s legendary catalog in the U.S. The quartet are all members of British performing right society PRS for Music.
Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant; Phil Graham, BMI Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations; and Brandon Bakshi, Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia, the BMI London Awards recognize the U.K. and European songwriters and publishers of the past yearâ€™s most-performed songs on radio and television in the United States.