Music fans, get ready to celebrate! The amazing Khalid is being recognized with the BMI Champion Award at the incredible 71st Annual BMI Pop Awards. It’s an honor you definitely don’t want to miss! This mega-talented artist ain’t just about the tunes – he’s also got a heart of gold, giving back to his community and supporting the next gen of music makers.
Hosted by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Vice President Worldwide Creative Barbara Cane, this exclusive event is going down on May 9th at the swanky Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Alongside Khalid’s big win, BMI’s Pop Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Publisher of the Year, and the top 50 most-performed pop songs in the U.S. of the previous year will also be named.
“Khalid exemplifies the true spirit of a Champion as one who believes, one who does and one who generously gives back,” says Cane, gushing about the star’s dedication to charitable causes, education, and the future of music.
Since his breakout single “Location” dropped in 2017, Khalid’s been straight-up killin’ it, racking up over 30 billion streams worldwide and snagging multiple awards along the way, including six Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and a whole bunch more. His diamond-certified debut album American Teen and sophomore LP Free Spirit both proved that this dude is a force to be reckoned with in the music world.
But it ain’t just about the tunes for Khalid. In 2020, he and his mama started The Great Khalid Foundation, a dope organization that brings together music, education, and innovation to make a positive impact on kids, families, and communities. Through music education programs, scholarships, community partnerships, and gift giveaways, the Foundation helps kids dream big and reach for the stars.
As a BMI Champion Award recipient, Khalid joins the ranks of other music legends like Mark Ronson, Residente, Sebastian Krys, Keith Urban, and Lee Thomas Miller, all of whom have been honored for their commitment to supporting the next generation of songwriters and music makers.
So, let’s raise a glass to Khalid – an incredible artist and philanthropist who’s truly changing the game!