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Ne-Yo, Jermaine Dupri, and Mike Will Made It Earn Top Honors at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.27.2014



Billboard reports that Mike Will Made It and Warner/Chappell Music was named songwriter of the year. His publishing firm was also crowned publisher of the year at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards.

The ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The ceremony featured special presentations that honored Jermaine Dupri and singer/songwriter/producer Ne-Yo, who received ASCAP's prestigious Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively.

In addition, it was the first time in 13 years that Warner/Chappell won the Rhythm & Soul publisher crown. It is also the first time the company has claimed that award at three ASCAP ceremonies: Rhythm & Soul, Country and Pop. Warner/Chappell Music songwriters in total took home 21 Most Performed Songs awards last night. Mike Will Made It wrote seven of the winning songs. Kendrick Lamar wrote five, and Jay Z wrote four.

Speaking on the occasion, WCM President, North America Jon Platt stated: "It's pretty humbling to come in and win three publisher awards in a single year. But it's a testament to our songwriters' great talent and work. The reality is we're just beginning."

"Blurred Lines" took the award for Top R&B/Hip-Hop song, which was written by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I.

When Ne-Yo accepted the Golden Note award from ASCAP VP of Rhythm & Soul/Urban Music Nicole George-Middleton, he stated: "I still think I need to do more. I've got more songs to write because I want to feel worthy of this."

In the evening's highlight presentation of the Founders Award to Jermaine Dupri, Bow Wow and Usher came out as surprise performers. Usher noted that Dupri "puts his heart and time into his songs; they're real. Without JD, I would never have become a writer my damn self."





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