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(AllHipHop Features) ASCAP celebrated today's hottest songwriters and publishers at the 34th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards during BET Awards weekend in Los Angeles.
The coveted award show celebrated legends and today's rising stars.
The event recognized the songwriters and publishers of the most-performed ASCAP songs of the past year on the R&B, Hip Hop, Rap and Gospel charts.
Hit-maker and chart-topper Cardi B took home the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award, which is an honor that recognizes the songwriter who has written or co-written the greatest number of most-performed songs of the year.
Cardi clearly took the industry by storm with her breakout hit "Bodak Yellow," and she continued to dominate the charts with various singles from her debut album, 'Invasion of Privacy', as well as with hit features and collaborations.
The legendary Motown Records was honored with the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award as the record label has become a stable in our genres.
The legendary Motown Records founder, Berry Gordy Jr. and Motown President Ethiopia Habtemariam both took the stage to accept the prestigious award. The award honors ASCAP members who have had a major impact on the legacy of rhythm and soul music.
ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams and legendary songwriter Valerie Simpson presented the award to Gordy.
Quality Control CEO & COO Coach K and Pee co-presented the award to Habtemariam.
Motown is celebrating 60 years as it is currently home to hit-makers Migos, City Girls, Lil Yachty, BJ The Chicago Kid and more. The legendary label also birthed musical icons such as The Temptations, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gay and more.
Hip Hop artist and Trap music pioneer, actor, philanthropist, and activist T.I. took home the first-ever ASCAP Voice of the Culture award.
Political commentator and analyst Angela Rye took the stage to present him with the award.
The Voice of the Culture award celebrates ASCAP members who have had a major influence on both music and culture.
Universal Music Publishing Group and Warner Chappell Music both took home ASCAP Publisher of the Year awards.
Warner's his included “Apeshit," “Finesse (Remix)," “Motorsport”, and "Nice for What”.
Universal's included “Ring," “I Get the Bag," “Best Part,” and “God's Plan.”
Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up" won the Top R&B song, and Drake's "Nice for What" won the Top Rap song. With "Boo'd Up" being penned by Joelle James, and "Nice for What" by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Gary Grice, Orville “Buggs Can Can” Hall, Marvin Hamlisch, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Shane “Murda Beatz” Lindstrom, Phillip Triggerman Price and Noah “40” Shebib. James took the stage to perform the Ella Mai hit.
The evening concluded with a moving tribute to Motown Records that featured Ne-Yo, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Valerie Simpson performing musical selections that included "You’re All I Need to Get By,” “What’s Goin’ On” and “My Girl.”