EMINEM, T.I. AND BIG BOI JOIN TO CELEBRATE DR. DRE, JANELLE MONÁE AND OTHER TOP NAMES AT ASCAP’S RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC AWARDS
Ne-Yo, C. “Tricky” Stewart, The-Dream, Jermaine Dupri, Johntá Austin and Manuel Seal Receive Top Honors
Celebrity attendees included Prince, Jimmy Jam, Gucci Mane, DJ Kid Capri,
LA Lakers Ron Artest and actor Ryan Phillippe
New York, NY, June 28, 2010: ASCAP (The American Society of Composers,
Authors and Publishers) hosted its 23rd annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards
on June 25th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The
star-studded event, which was attended by over 650 leading songwriters,
recording artists and music industry notables, paid special tribute to Dr.
Dre and Janelle Monáe, and honored the songwriters and publishers of the
most performed ASCAP songs on the 2009 R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap and Gospel charts.
The evening featured performances by rapper Gucci Mane, R&B
singer/songwriter Dondria and R&B artist Miguel, and was attended by some
of the top names in the music and entertainment industry, including Dr.
Dre, Eminem, Prince, Janelle Monáe, Big Boi, Ne-Yo, T.I., Flo Rida, Gucci
Mane, DJ Kid Capri, Jermaine Dupri, Johntá Austin, Manuel Seal, C.
“Tricky” Stewart, The-Dream, Jimmy Jam, LA Lakers Ron Artest, actor Ryan
Phillippe, Jimmy Iovine, Raheem DeVaughn, Bruno Mars, Jeremih, Twista,
Kandi Burruss, Warryn Campbell, Dorrough, Dre & Vidal, James Fortune,
Chuck Harmony, Thaddis, Kuk, Harrell, Rob Knox, Matthew, Boi-1da Samuels,
and Terence Vaughn among many others.
Top awards were handed out to:
Songwriters of the Year (tie): Ne-Yo, C. “Tricky” Stewart and The-Dream
Song of the Decade: ”We Belong Together” written by Jermaine Dupri,
Johntá Austin and Manuel Seal
Top Rap Song: ”Best I Ever Had” written by Matthew Boi-1da Samuels Top
R&B/Hip-Hop Song: ”Blame It” written by Christopher Henderson, Brandon
Note Melancon, The-Dream, C. “Tricky” Stewart and Nate Walka Top Gospel
Song: ”Souled Out” written by Ernest Estee Bullock
Publisher of the Year: EMI Music Publishing
One of the evening’s highlights was a special tribute to hip-hop pioneer
Dr. Dre, who was honored with ASCAP’s Founders Award in recognition of
“his achievements as a producer, rapper, entrepreneur and icon whose
creative genius continues to shape the course of music.” To celebrate the
legendary producer, Kid Capri performed a DJ set chronicling his career,
and surprise guest Eminem shared some personal remarks and co-presented
the award with ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams.
The ASCAP Founders Award is among the most prestigious honors that ASCAP
gives to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions
to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each
recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative
genius that will enrich generations to come. Past recipients include
Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson, Paul McCartney,
Ashford & Simpson, Patti Smith, and Berry Gordy Jr. and Motown Industries.
Singer, songwriter, producer, and performer Janelle Monáe was presented
with ASCAP’s Vanguard Award, which recognizes the impact of musical genres
that help shape the future of American music. Big Boi, one half of the
famed duo OutKast, spoke fondly about the success of his good friend and
co-presented the award with ASCAP Vice President of Membership, Rhythm &
Soul Nicole George.
Past ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include The Killers, Santigold, Sara
Bareilles, The All-American Rejects, The Strokes, and the Beastie Boys.
Jimmy Jam presented ASCAP’s coveted Songwriter of the Year award to R&B
superstar Ne-Yo and songwriting/production duo C. “Tricky” Stewart &
The-Dream, who tied with six award-winning songs each.
Ne-Yo was honored for “Mad,” “Miss Independent” and the bonus track “She
Got Her Own” from his platinum-selling album Year of the Gentleman, as
well as for three songs that he penned for other artists — “Epiphany (I’m
Leaving)” by Chrisette Michelle, “Knock You Down” by Kerri Hilson
featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo, and “Spotlight” by Jennifer Hudson. This
is Ne-Yo’s first time being named Songwriter of the Year.
C. “Tricky” Stewart & The-Dream were honored for “Blame It” by Jamie Foxx
featuring T-Pain, “Just Like Me” by Jamie Foxx featuring T.I., “Rockin
That Thang” by The-Dream, “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyoncé,
“Throw It In The Bag” by Fabolous featuring The-Dream and “Trading Places”
Atlanta rapper T.I. presented the Song of the Decade Award to fellow
Atlantans Johntá Austin, Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal for their work on
Mariah Carey’s massive hit, “We Belong Together”. The song topped the
Billboard charts, won two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best Female
R&B Vocal Performance, and was named ASCAP Pop Song of the Year in 2006.
Top Song Awards went to Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” written by Matthew
“Boi-1da” Samuels, which was named Top Rap Song and also claimed an award
in the R&B/Hip-Hop category; “Blame It” by Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain,
which earned writers Christopher Henderson, Brandon ?Note? Melancon,
The-Dream, C. Tricky Stewart and Nate Walka the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song
award; and Hezekiah Walker’s “Souled Out” written by Ernest Estee Bullock,
which was named Top Gospel Song.
ASCAP Publisher of the Year honors went to EMI Music Publishing who was
honored for 22 award-winning songs. This is the 16th consecutive win for
EMI and the 18th time in the 23-year history of the awards show that they
have received this honor. ASCAP CEO John A. LoFrumento presented the
award to EMI’s President of North American Creative Jon Platt and his
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights
Organization (PRO) representing the world’s largest repertory totaling
over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from
more than 380,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP
has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so
that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around
the world where copyright law exists. ASCAP protects the rights of its
members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of
their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed
performances. ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its
writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com