The luncheon was hosted by fellow gospel superstars CeCe Winans and Donnie McClurkin. The event featured musical tributes of the honored artists' songs by other well-known gospel music artists.
Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile,” BMI’s Most-Performed Gospel Song of the Year, was also recognized at the luncheon, which was held at Rocketown. "I Smile” topped gospel charts and achieved historic crossover success, garnering more than 500,000 performances.
BMI’s gospel songwriters include Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Jessica Reedy, Marvin Sapp, Twinkie Clark, BeBe Winans, Wess Morgan, Kim Burrell and many more.
Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) represents the public performance rights of more than 550,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers in more than 7.5 million musical works. BMI has offices in Atlanta, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, and Puerto Rico.
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