busta rhymes & snoop dogg*It’s Grammy time and one of the premiere pre-Grammy events is BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” panel discussion.  The panel features those behind and in front of the music scene discussing the process of making hit songs.

This year, BMI, the organization that represents songwriters, composers and music publishers, assembled an impressive roster of panelists Saturday (2/9/13) in Los Angeles at the world famous The Roxy Theatre.

Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion, Busta Rhymes, B.o.B. and Evan Bogart, who co-wrote Beyonce’s 2010 Grammy winning hit song, “Halo” were in the house.

Moderated by Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, she asked B.o.B. about his motivation for the chart-topping and 2010 Grammy nominated hit, “Nothing On You,” which featured Bruno Mars.

Speaking of Bruno Mars, he along with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are up for a Grammy this year in the Best Rap Song category for “Young, Wild & Free.” But it was the early 90s super hit, ”Nuthin’ But a G Thang,” from Dr. Dre’s classic debut solo album, “The Chronic” that really got Snoop talking about his rise to fame.

Busta Rhymes, who also broke out on the rap scene in the early 90s with the group Leaders of the New School, dropped knowledge on how old school rappers inspired the call-and-response chant in one of his biggest solo hits, “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check” in 1996.

Songwriter Evan Bogart also has some major music cred. While he’s written hit songs for Rihanna and Sean Kingston, it was his co-writing credit on Beyonce’s 2010 Grammy-winning hit “Halo” that put him over the top. He explained how he got the chance to work with one of music’s biggest stars.

BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” event wasn’t just for music bigwigs.  Anyone over the age of 15 could attend the event for as little as $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  Not bad for a couple of hours with some of music’s biggest and brightest stars.  If you’re an aspiring songwriter and/or artist, check out BMI’s website at http://www.bmi.com

Meanwhile, the Grammys air live from Los Angeles tonigh (Sunday, February 10) on CBS.  Check your local listings for show times.