Usually, when someone wins a lifetime achievement award, it happens at the twilight of their career. That’s not the case with Brian Tyler, who received the highest honor – BMI Icon – at the 38th annual BMI Film, TV and Visual Media Awards while receiving four regular awards for his work as a songwriter. The awards took place on Tuesday, May 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
It amounted to a slightly belated 50th birthday celebration for Tyler, who hit the big 5-0 on May 8. In addition to the Icon Award, Tyler has won two BMI Theatrical Film Awards for F9: The Fast and Scream Sagaa streaming film award for Those who want me deadand a cable TV award for Yellowstone. This brings his total BMI rewards to 38.
BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill presented Tyler with the BMI Icon accolade, noting that he exemplifies the term “rock star songwriter”. O’Neill added, “Your exceptional music and unique artistry enrich the emotion and stories of the movies and shows we love to immerse ourselves in.”
A video tribute followed, in which Justin Baldoni, Jon Chu, DJ Caruso, Taylor Sheridan, Sylvester Stallone and others shared their experiences working with Tyler. As he accepted the honour, Tyler said, “I will look back on this as one of the highlights of my life. It is a privilege to be among you talented and incredible human beings to receive this honor.
Previous BMI Icon Award winners are Alan Silvestri, Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard, John Williams and Terence Blanchard.
The event also celebrated 18 first-time BMI Film, TV and Visual Media award winners, including Carlos Rafael Rivera, who received two awards honoring his work on the film. The Queen’s Bet and the TV series hacks.
Other first-time recipients include Nicholas Britell (Cruel), Alex Lacamoire (Long live), Tamar-kali (The lie) and Awkwafina (Awkwafina is Nora from Queens).
Atli Örvarsson topped his category – the BMI network television awards – with six awards for his work on two franchise hits. He won for chicago fire, Chicago Mediterranean, Chicago PD, FBI, FBI: international and FBI: Most Wanted.
Other multiple winners included James Newton Howard, Blake Neely, Thomas Newman, Mac Quayle and Atticus Ross.
As previously announced, BMI composers Amy Andersson, Miriam Cutler, Isolde Fair, Penka Kouneva, Starr Parodi and Lolita Ritmanis received the BMI Impact Award. The award recognized their work on the groundbreaking Women Warriors: Voices of Change project, which celebrates women activists who have fought for human rights and equality over the years.
Andersson wrote, directed and produced the live-to-picture symphony concert and documentary film, which played on the international festival circuit. The project won a Grammy for Best Classical Collection at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on April 3.
O’Neill and Alison Smith, executive vice president of distribution, publisher relations and administrative services for BMI, presented the award.
After receiving the award, Andersson said, “As BMI composers and lyricists, we accept this Impact award with deep honor and a sense of accomplishment and pride.” Parodi added, “Women Warriors was born out of a dream and a deep desire to pay tribute and honor these women we stand on.”
The private ceremony was hosted by O’Neill and BMI’s senior vice president, creative, Alex Flores.
For a complete list of winners, visit BMI.com.