Songwriter David Hodges speaks onstage during BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

Songwriter David Hodges speaks onstage during BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

 

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, held its annual pre-GRAMMY event, “How I Wrote That Song,” on February 7 at 1OAK in West Hollywood. The list of illustrious panelists included GRAMMY-nominated hip-hop magnate Rick Ross, GRAMMY-nominated scribe Ester Dean, GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter AND producer David Hodges, multiplatinum, GRAMMY-nominated producer Mannie Fresh and country music’s number-one-hit wordsmith Natalie Hemby.

Moderated by BMI vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton, panelists shared their secrets to success in the process of writing, producing and performing hit songs. Each panelist also shared their personal stories behind their greatest and most memorable hits.

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Rick Ross and BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta Catherine Brewton speaks onstage during BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Rick Ross and BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta Catherine Brewton speaks onstage during BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

BMI How I Wrote That Song

Songwriter David Hodges speaks onstage during BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Songwriter David Hodges speaks onstage during BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

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Mannie Fresh and Rick Ross attend BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Mannie Fresh and Rick Ross attend BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

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A general view of atmosphere during BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: A general view of atmosphere during BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

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(L-R) Songwriter/Producer David Hodges, Songwriter Natalie Hemby, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta Catherine Brewton, Singer/Songwriter Ester Dean, DJ Mannie Fresh and Rapper Rick Ross attend BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Songwriter/Producer David Hodges, Songwriter Natalie Hemby, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta Catherine Brewton, Singer/Songwriter Ester Dean, DJ Mannie Fresh and Rapper Rick Ross attend BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

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BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta Catherine Brewton and Mannie Fresh attend BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta Catherine Brewton and Mannie Fresh attend BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

BMI How I Wrote That Song

Songwriter David Hodges speaks onstage during BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Songwriter David Hodges speaks onstage during BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

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Songwriter/Artist Natalie Hemby speaks onstage during BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Songwriter/Artist Natalie Hemby speaks onstage during BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

BMI How I Wrote That Song

Songwriter/Artist Ester Dean speaks onstage during BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Songwriter/Artist Ester Dean speaks onstage during BMI How I Wrote That Song at 1OAK on February 7, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BMI)

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