BEVERLY HILLS, CA (CelebrityAccess) – R&B and hip-hop’s biggest stars gathered last night at The Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles for the 31st annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.
The A-list crowd, which included 2 Chainz, Timbaland, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, PartyNextDoor, Brittany “Starrah” Hazzard, Meek Mill, Priscilla Renea and coutless others, joined the organization in recognizing the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs of 2017 as well as two special ASCAP honorees: iconic R&B group XSCAPE, who received the ASCAP Golden Note Award, and chart-topping rappers Migos, who accepted the ASCAP Vanguard Award.
Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Jermaine Dupri gave touching remarks about XSCAPE’s early career and presented the ASCAP Golden Note Award to the four original members of the group, LaTocha and Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss, and Tameka “Tiny” Harris. The ASCAP Golden Note Award recognizes iconic songwriters, composers and artists who have reached extraordinary career milestones. Previous recipients include: Usher, Lauryn Hill, Ne-Yo, Mary Mary, A Tribe Called Quest, Alicia Keys, New Edition, Lionel Richie, Jermaine Dupri, LL Cool J, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jay-Z and many more.
Offset, Quavo & Takeoff of Migos were also on hand to receive the ASCAP Vanguard Award, which is presented in recognition of the impact of new and developing musical genres, which help shape the future of music. Previous recipients include: Kendrick Lamar, Beastie Boys, Taio Cruz, Diplo, Janelle Monáe, Santigold, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent, The Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Beck and Bjork.
Additional awards went to Gucci Mane and Quavo who tied for ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Songwriter of the Year, while Warner/Chappell Music took home Publisher of The Year, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song was “That’s What I Like,” Top Rap Song went to “HUMBLE,” and the Top Gospel Song went to “You Deserve It.”
For a full list of ASCAP 2018 Rhythm & Soul Music Awards winners, visit: www.ascap.com/rsawards18.