BARRY MANILOW RECEIVES BMI ICON AWARD
Posted On May 10, 2017
Legendary crooner, Barry Manilow, 73, looked elated to receive the prestigious BMI Icon Award at the 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The Copacabana hit maker who has had 12 number one hits in his career, was recognized for his musical legacy and unprecedented career in Broadway, Film, TV and popular culture. “Barry Manilow is a visionary whose exceptional body of work has shaped the course of popular music for over five decades,” said BMI Vice President Cane on stage. “He has left a lasting imprint on every aspect of music, influenced the careers of his contemporaries, and touched the lives of many with his unique gift of artistry. His musical brilliance defies genre expectations and I cannot think of a more deserving recipient.” Manilow officially came out as gay just four weeks ago, telling People magazine that he kept his sexual orientation quiet as he did not want to disappoint his largely female fan base. However, his fans were forgiving when they learned that he was married to his male manager, Garry Kief, and had been with him for 40 years, secretly. Manilow’s passion for music and the arts has extended into his charitable giving as well. In October 27, 2011, Manilow visited Joplin, Missouri, five months after a tornado destroyed one-third of that city, including its only high school. Affected by the devastation, his ‘Manilow Music Project’ made a contribution of $300,000 to restore the musical program and instruments that were lost. He is truly an icon in the music industry.