BMI to honour Jay Kay with President’s Award

Jay Kay
Jay Kay

Jay Kay: “People who have received this award before me have been hugely influential in the music industry.”

The influential lead singer of Jamiroquai is to receive the accolade at the annual ceremony celebrating the year’s best songwriters

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) announced today that legendary songwriter and lead singer of Jamiroquai, Jay Kay, will receive the President’s Award at this year’s BMI London Awards in recognition of his influence on songwriting within the music industry. The flamboyant frontman joins an elite group of past honourees who have received the BMI President’s award for their exemplary contributions to the art of music and have profoundly influenced the entertainment industry. Previous honourees include Kenny Chesney, P!nk, Willie Nelson, Adam Levine, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, and Toni Braxton.

Jay Kay has had global success, enjoying over two decades of music industry triumphs with his band Jamiroquai. Together they have accumulated an impressive list of accolades including Grammys, Ivor Novellos, MTV Awards, and 13 BRIT Award nominations. Throughout 25 years of existence, they have sold out numerous tours across the world and their greatest hits album High Times: Singles 1992-2006 went double platinum in the UK alone.

“It is an honour to be awarded the BMI’s President’s Award for 2017. People who have received this award before me have been hugely influential in the music industry,” said Jay Kay. “So it’s a huge compliment and I am very thankful that the BMI felt I was worthy of it. I feel immensely proud to have even been nominated and I’m looking forward to a fantastic night in October.”

The annual gala will also pay tribute to the UK and European songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most-performed songs on US radio and television from BMI’s repertoire of nearly 12 million musical works. The Million-Air Awards, Song of the Year and awards for Pop, Dance, Film, Television and Cable Television Music will also be presented throughout the evening. Last year’s recipients include Ed Sheeran, Snow Patrol, Rudimental, Hozier, Disciples and songwriters Wayne Hector and Ed Drewett.

The BMI London Awards will take place at the Dorchester Hotel on 9 October 2017. For more info, visit

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