Murder Inc boss Irv Gotti won his second Songwriter of the Year award at the 2003 URBAN AWARDS last night (05AUG03).

Performing rights organisation BMI announced the recipients of the awards, which reflect the most-performed songs on American radio.

Honours were handed out to R+B, rap and hip-hop songwriters, producers and publisher honourees at the Miami Beach, Florida, ceremony, which featured a salute to Isaac Hayes.

Gotti, who shared the same title with five others last year (02), was also named BMI's Pop Songwriter of the Year at the 14 May (03) ceremony in Los Angeles.

Among the array of songs which earned him honours this year are singer Ashanti's hit tracks BABY, FOOLISH and HAPPY.

06/08/2003 21:21