and legendary soul singer Betty Wright were honored with a Founders Award at the
Billboard-American Urban Radio Networks 2003 R&B Awards show this year.
her award first, introduced by Miami’s own Trick Daddy, who was by far the best
presenter of the evening.
the teleprompters script and introduced Wright in a humorous, but respectful
way, affectionately referring to her as "Ol Girl" (southern dialect
for the term Mom).
his award with grace, appearing to be almost in tears as he thanked the many
people that influenced the genre and helped take the music and culture around
"What I did
was a science of trying to figure out how I could take this part of the record
that was too goddamn short and extending it as long as i wanted," as Flash
explained the procedure of creating "breaks," or extending a particular
part of the record so the MC’s could rap.
corporate America for fully taken notice of the motherf*cking DJ. Cause the
emcee, breakers poppers and producers and all that is hot, but there wouldn’t
be none of that shit without the DJ."
Flash thanked various
industry moguls, including Jermaine Dupri, whom he remembered as a kid breakdancing
on the legendary "Fresh Fests," Russell Simmons, whom he remembered
as a promoter hawking a 12 inch record by a young LL Cool J, Jazzy Jeff and
Cash Money, whom he thanked for creating the "transformer" style of
scratching and legendary Bronx DJ Red Alert, who presented Flash with his award.
Other big award
winners included 50 Cent, who snagged four awards, Eminem and R. Kelly who both
took home three awards and The Neptunes, who won Best Producers of the Year
A full listing
of winners is below:
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SINGLES & TRACKS
ARTISTS – MALE
ARTISTS – FEMALE
ARTISTS – DUO OR GROUP
ARTISTS – NEW
SINGLES & TRACKS ARTISTS
TOP RAP ALBUMS
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ERYKAH BADU FEATURING COMMON
"Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"
HOT RAP TRACK OF
NELLY FEATURING KELLY ROWLAND
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
MAJOR LABEL OF THE YEAR
ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP
INDEPENDENT LABEL OF THE YEAR