Queen to be named BMI icons

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 August 2011

This article is from 2011.

Brian May

Brian May

Queen will be named Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) Icons at the songwriting at the organisation's London awards

Queen will be named Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) Icons.

The iconic 'We Will Rock You' group will be given the trophy recognising their contribution to songwriting at the organisation's annual UK ceremony in October.

The group consisted of guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor, bassist John Deacon and vocalist Freddie Mercury until the singer's death in 1991 from complications related to AIDS.

During their career which spanned the 70s to the 90s the band were one of the defining bands of the glam rock era, and one of the most successful with hits such as 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Fat Bottomed Girls', 'One Vision' and 'The Show Must Go On'. Unusually for a rock band, all four members were songwriters, and individually wrote hits for the group.

Since Freddie's death, Brian and Roger toured with singer Paul Rogers as Queen and Paul Rogers between 2004 and 2009.

Brian recently admitted he still misses his old bandmate, saying: "I think about Freddie all the time, really. There certainly isn't a day where I don't have some sort of thought about him.

"I have been to extremes where I have found it very painful, and I couldn't talk about him. But I don't feel that anymore. He's part of our lives, still, in a very real way."

The BMI Awards are scheduled to take place on October 4 at London's Dorchester Hotel.

Queen & Adam Lambert

Having completed their sold out world tour the critically acclaimed partnership of Queen guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and new vocalist Adam Lambert (American Idol/Glee) embark on a series of European dates.

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Thu 30 Nov

£79 / 0871 945 6000

Sat 16 Dec

£79 / 0871 945 6000

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Wed 6 Dec

£900 / 0844 248 1585

Liverpool Echo Arena & Convention Centre

Tue 28 Nov

£79 / 0844 800 0400

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