Bryan Ferry To Receive Icon Award

Posted on: 12 August 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Bryan Ferry is to be named an Icon at this autumn's BMI London Awards.


Bryan Ferry will be named a BMI Icon at the US performing right organisation's annual London Awards, planned for Tuesday, 7th October 2008 at London's Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane.

The invitation-only gala will recognise the UK, European and Jamaican songwriters and publishers of the past year's most-played songs on American radio and television.

From work in the early 1970s with progressive glam rock legends Roxy Music to his innovative solo work, Bryan Ferry redefined pop culture as a delicate balance of street savvy and refined luxury. An unparalleled ability to slip from svelte snarling to moody crooning to dramatic staccato and back again makes his vocals instantly recognisable.

As a songwriter, his own wealth of work including Roxy Music's international hit Love is the Drug, Slave to Love, Kiss & Tell, Angel Eyes, More Than This, This Is Tomorrow and Don't Stop the Dance often sift through layered themes of romance, isolation and loneliness.

In addition to his influential compositions, Ferry's intelligent interpretations of songs penned by others are dizzyingly original and witty, evident most recently in his 2007 release Dylanesque.

As a synergist of genres and aesthetics, Ferry's impact goes beyond music into the neighbouring realms of visual art and fashion. As provocative as he is discerning, Bryan Ferry is the quintessential critic and purveyor of sheer beauty.

The Icon designation is given to songwriters who have bestowed "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." Bryan Ferry joins an elite list of past honourees that includes multi-genre nobility Peter Gabriel, Ray Davies, Van Morrison, the Bee Gees, Isaac Hayes, Dolly Parton, James Brown, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, Paul Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Steve Winwood and more.

The BMI London Awards will also present the Robert S. Musel Award to the writer and publisher of the most performed song of the year. In addition writers and publishers whose songs have achieved over three million US radio and television performances, the equivalent of more than 17 years of continuous airplay, will receive "Million-Air" certificates.

Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) is a United States-based performing right organisation that collects and distributes money to more than 375,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers for the public performance of music on outlets including radio, television and the internet in the USA.

You can purchase Bryan Ferry albums online at Amazon.

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