On May 8, 1990,Broadcasting Music Inc. honours Michael Jackson with the first "BMI Michael Jackson Award" for his humanitarian efforts, as well as for his songwriting, recording and performing contributions, at a lunch event at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. It was the first time BMI named an award for a personality other than the presidents of the company.
The winning plaque reads:
Celebrated Songwriter And Composer
Artist Of The Eighties
Creative Innovator in Music, Dance, Video and Film Trendsetter