BEVERLY HILLS, CA (Top40 Charts)
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music
Awards on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at The Beverly Wilshire
Hotel in Los Angeles. The invitation-only event paid special tribute to Lauryn Hill, who also performed a medley of her hits during the evening. Additionally, ASCAP honored the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2014 R&B, hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.
During the ceremony, Hill, a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, rapper and producer, was presented with the ASCAP Golden Note Award. The award is among the most prestigious honors that ASCAP gives to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include: Pharrell Williams, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, Sean "Diddy
" Combs, Jeff Lynne, Reba McEntire, LL Cool J, Jermaine Dupri, Jay-Z, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers, Quincy
Jones, Elton John, Tom Petty
and many more.
The Publisher of the Year Award went to Sony/ATV Tunes LLC. Songwriter of the Year went to co-winners Timbaland
and Jay Z. Timbaland, Beyoncé and Jay Z also received the award for Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song for "Drunk in Love." Kid Ink
and co-writer Jeremih
walked away with the Top Rap Song for "Show Me
" featuring Chris Brown; while Bart Millard was honored with the award for Top Gospel Song for "I Can Only Imagine," (performed by Tamela Mann).
performed his up-and-coming song and Beyoncé favorite, "Cha Cha," while Jazmine Sullivan
did a powerful version of her ballad "Forever Don't Last." The evening also featured Migos
performing their popular "Handsome and Wealthy," and gospel star Smokie Norful
with his hit, "No Greater Love."
The evening drew an A-list audience of celebrities including Melanie Fiona, Timbaland, Jeremih, Tina Campbell, Kelly
Price, Michelle Williams, Cheryl Fortune, BJ The Chicago
Kid and more.
For a full list of ASCAP 2015 Rhythm & Soul Awards winners, please go to: https://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/awards/rsawards.aspx