LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) –Ray Davies of the Kinks will be honored as a BMI Icon at the company's annual London Awards set for October 3 in the Grand Ballroom of London's Dorchester Hotel. The gala ceremony and dinner will also recognize the European songwriters and publishers of the past year's top BMI songs played on American radio and television.
The Icon designation is given to BMI songwriters and artists who have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers" with artists as diverse as Morrisey, Blur, Oasis and even Pete Townshend crediting their sound to Davies. He joins an elite group of BMI Icons that includes previous London Award honorees Steve Winwood and Van Morrison.
Hosted by BMI President and CEO Del Bryant and Senior Vice President Phil Graham, the BMI London Awards will also present the Robert J. Musel Award to the writer and publisher of the most performed Song of the Year. Additionally, BMI "Million-Air" certificates will be awarded to those songs that have achieved over 3 million U.S. radio and television performances – the equivalent of more than 17 years of continuous airplay. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner