Dupri will be honored with The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
(ASCAP) Golden Note Award during the society's 22nd Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards,
the group announced.
Dupri will receive the prestigious award during an invitation-only
dinner on May 16 in Los Angeles. The newly appointed president of Virgin Records'
Urban Music division will join the ranks of songwriters and composers, Sean
"P.Diddy" Combs, Jay-Z, and Stevie Wonder.
"Jermaine will join a very elite group of our Golden Note-winning
songwriters and we are proud to add his name to this list," said ASCAP
President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman in a statement.
In addition to producing for other artists, Dupri hit platinum
status as a rapper with numerous hits, including "The Party Continues,"
"Money Ain't A Thang," featuring Jay-Z, and the hit collaboration,
"Welcome To Atlanta."
The Atlanta native also grabbed four Grammy nods this year for
his work on Usher's multi-platinum album, Confessions, with songwriting
and production credit for "Confessions (Part II)," "Burn"
and "My Boo."
In 1992, Dupri played a major role launching the career of teen
rap sensations Kriss Kross after signing the talented duo to his So So Def Record
Throughout his lengthy career, Dupri has garnered songwriting
and production credit for such artists as Aaliyah, Bow Wow, Chingy, Da Brat,
Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Lil' Kim, Ludacris, Nas, Notorious B.I.G., and Run DMC
among many others.
The ASCAP award
dinner will also recognize songwriters and publishers of the society's most
performed songs of 2004 and will present special awards for "Songwriter
of the Year," "Song of the Year," and "Publisher of the