ASCAP had their 25th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 29th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The event was indeed star studded, filled with songwriters, recording artists, and music industry leaders. Who all came together to pay tribute to Quincy Jones and Pharrell Williams, and honored the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2011 R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap and Gospel charts. The event featured performances by DJ Don Cannon and rapper Meek Mill, it was also attended by some of the top names in the music and entertainment industry, including Sidney Poitier, Jordin Sparks, Tyrese, Mary Mary, Kane Beatz, Marsha Ambrosius, Hit-Boy, Avant, Kirko Bangz, Wayne Brady, and the list goes on.
Top awards were handed out to:
Songwriter : Noah “40” Shebib
Publisher of the Year : EMI Music Publishing
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song : “Sure Thing” written by Happy Perez and Miguel Pimentel
Top Rap Song : “Look At Me Now” written by Jean Baptiste Kouame II and Wesley Pentz
Top Gospel Song : “I Smile” written by James “Jimmy Jam” Harris and Terry Steven Lewis