Singer Bryan Ferry is to be named an icon by Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) at an awards ceremony in London, it has been announced.

BMI said the icon status is given to songwriters who have bestowed "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers".

The former Roxy Music star joins a prestigious list of musicians honoured with the status, including Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison, the Bee Gees, Dolly Parton and Paul Simon.

Ferry will be presented the award at London's Dorchester hotel on October 7th during a ceremony that will also see the Robert S. Musel Award to the writer and publisher of the most performed song of the year.

BMI will also give 'Million-Air' certificates to writers and publishers whose songs have achieved over three million US radio and television performances - the equivalent of more than 17 years of continuous airplay.

Ferry began his career in the early 1970s with Roxy Music before moving on to solo work.

As a songwriter, his work includes Roxy Music's international hit Love is the Drug, Slave to Love, Kiss & Tell, Angel Eyes, More Than This, This Is Tomorrow and Don't Stop the Dance.

11/08/2008 12:30:13