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8/6/2003 12:03:51 AM

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Irv Gotti, Nelly, Ja-Rule and The Neptunes were big winners at last night's BMI Awards, which took place at the Fontainebleau Hilton in Miami.

The awards honored the top R&B, rap and hip-hop songwriters, producers and publishers.

Irv Gotti took home his second Urban Songwriter of the Year award, Nelly's "Hot in Herre" snagged Song of the Year and production duo The Neptunes earned Urban Producers of the Year.

"It means a lot. It's good to be honored amongst other muscians," Chad Hugo, the seldom seen second half of The Neptunes told "It also involves a lot of people who normally don't get exposed a lot, down to the people who write the lyrics on a sheet of paper."

Hugo said that Pharrell couldn't make it to the awards because he was on a promotional tour, hyping the duo's upcoming compilation, The Neptunes Present: Clones.

The highlight of the evening was the honoring of R&B legend Isaac Hayes, who received the B|MI Icon Award.

Hayes, who composed and produced such albums as Black Moses and the soundtrack to Shaft, has been sampled countless times by various hip-hop and R&B artists.

"Isaac Hayes is the motherf*ckin man," said Ja Rule, who took home six awards of his own. "I grew up listening to Isaac Hayes, my mother listened to him. What more can you say about him? We've sampled enough of his music, he should be honored as an Icon."

Bilal, Floetry and Anthony Hamilton sang a medley of tunes that Oscar and Grammy Award winning Hayes has composed.
"To be honored with this award is really special," Hayes told "I have been in the music business for over four decades and I plan to keep going. To receive this honor from other musicians and to know that my work has touched so many people from so many walks of life is really amazing."

The BMI Urban Awards 2003 is the kick-off event to the 4th Annual Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Conference and Awards, taking place in Miami Beach August 6-8.

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