Gospel music superstar sibling acts, BeBe & CeCe Winans and Mary Mary will be honored at the 17th annual Broadcast Music, Inc. ® (BMI®) Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA on January 16, 2016. Hosted by former Trailblazer recipient and renowned gospel singer-songwriter, Yolanda Adams, this special night will pay tribute to the best in the gospel music community.
The invitation-only event, which is part industry celebration and part awe-inspiring worship service, will be attended by gospel music’s premier songwriters, brightest stars, and leading industry executives. In addition to honoring BeBe & CeCe and Mary Mary, BMI will also announce the “Most Performed Gospel Song of the Year” at this memorable ceremony.
“BMI is thrilled and privileged to once again bring the leaders in gospel music together for one of the most unique and moving celebrations in music today,” said BMI Vice President, Writer-Publisher Relations in Atlanta, Catherine Brewton. “The ability to honor superstars BeBe & CeCe Winans and Mary Mary, as well as other gospel trailblazers in a city as steeped in musical history as Atlanta, will make for a truly inspirational night filled with incredible performances.”
BeBe & CeCe Winans were born for musical greatness, as members of the Winans family, a dynasty in the world of gospel music. Though they each have impressive solo careers and have taken the time to focus on their individual talents, but as a pair, have made musical magic. Their legacy, spanning over 25 years has granted them many accolades as singer-songwriters in the gospel community. Together they have sold over five million records worldwide and received five GRAMMY Awards, eight Dove Awards, and a Soul Train Award. In May 2015, the duo was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame and a new stage musical, Born For This: The BeBe Winans Storywill premiere in January 2016 at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.
Legendary sister act Mary Mary, featuring the soul-stirring vocals of Erica and Tina Campbell, have successfully crossed genres blending gospel and contemporary music with the smoothness of R&B. Since the group began over 15 years ago, the sisters have proven their star power with five studio albums, two of which reached No.1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums, along with a compilation album of their biggest hits. Now a household name in the industry, Mary Mary also conquered the world of television with their own self-titled series on WE tv and were judges on BET’s gospel singing competition show, Sunday’s Best for over five seasons. Some of their many accolades include four GRAMMY Awards, four BET Awards, seven Dove awards, two American Music Awards, and have graced the covers of Ebony, Jet, and Sister 2 Sister Magazine to name a few.
Celebrating 75 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc. ® (BMI®) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in more than 10.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 700,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. The Company negotiates music license agreements and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to its affiliated writers and publishers when their songs are performed in public. In 1939, BMI created a groundbreaking open-door policy becoming the only performing rights organization to welcome and represent the creators of blues, jazz, country, and American roots music. Today, the musical compositions in BMI’s repertoire, from chart toppers to perennial favorites, span all genres of music and are consistently among the most-performed hits of the year. For additional information and the latest BMI news, visit http://www.bmi.com or follow us on Twitter @BMI or stay connected through Broadcast Music, Inc.’s Facebook page.