by VVN Music
R&B's Toni Braxton has been selected to receive BMI's President's Award at this year's R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, to be held on Thursday, September 1 at the Woodruff Art Center's Symphony Hall in Atlanta, GA.
The President's Award will be given in "recognition of her distinguished career and substantial influence on popular music over last 25 years." The award is not given yearly but "on special occasions to an individual songwriter, composer, producer or executive who has made exemplary contributions to the art of music and whose work has profoundly influenced the entertainment industry."
As the 2016 honoree, Braxton joins previous recipients Ludacris and Will.i.am in sharing this distinction.
BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton said "We are proud to bring the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards to Atlanta for the first time and to honor Toni Braxton with our President’s Award. As one of the top-selling R&B artists of all time, combined with her philanthropic efforts, I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this recognition."
Before she became an international sensation, Toni Braxton began her career performing alongside her sisters as one-fifth of the singing group, The Braxtons, and with the help of Antonio L.A. Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, she launched a successful solo career selling more than 40 million albums worldwide.
Capitalizing on the success of her first single as a solo artist, Love Shoulda Brought You Home from 1992’s Boomerang soundtrack, Braxton released three consecutive albums; Toni Braxton (1993), Secrets (1996), and The Heat (2000). Hits included Another Sad Love Song, Breathe Again, You’re Makin’ Me High, He Wasn’t Man Enough and Unbreak My Heart, which became her signature song earning her a coveted Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1996. She has received a total of seven Grammy-Awards, including one for Best R&B Album in 2015 for her collaboration with Babyface, Love, Marriage & Divorce (2014), and many other accolades including nine Billboard Music Awards and seven American Music Awards.
In recent years, Braxton has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, starred on Broadway (Beauty and the Beast and Aida), and headlined Toni Braxton Revealed, a Las Vegas residency at the Flamingo Hotel. Beyond the stage and screen, she is a humanitarian who currently serves as a spokesperson for Autism Speaks. She’s also actively involved in the American Heart Association, and has been incredibly vocal regarding her battle with Lupus. Toni currently stars in WE tv’s hit show Braxton Family Values with her four sisters.