CardiB has been awarded yet another ASCAP Top Rhythm & Soul Songwriter Awards, as she wins the award for the best songwriter category. This will be her second time of winning the award.
The rapper is winning the award which recognizes ASCAP’s most-performed songs of the past year in R&B, hip-hop and gospel music.
Cardi B, DaBaby, Meek Mill and Universal Music Publishing were among the big winners at ASCAP’s annual Rhythm & Soul Awards, which began virtually at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday and will continue through Friday.
Cardi B took home the Songwriter of the Year award for the second straight year on the strength of songs like “Money, ” “Press, ” “Please Me” and “Ring. ” Meek Mill’s “Going Bad” won Top Rap Song, while “Suge, ” DaBaby’s rst top 10 song, was named Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song.
On the gospel side, the epic “Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus)” took top honors. Universal Music Publishing Group earned Publisher of the Year for songs including “Before I Let Go” (Beyoncé), “Hot Girl Summer” (Megan Thee Stallion) and “My Type” (Saweetie).
The many highlights on socials included Rhythm & Soul Awards veteran Anthony Brown, giving a rousing performance of his winning gospel hit “Blessings on Blessings. ” Singer-songwriter Nicole Bus had a full-circle moment, performing her winning song “You, ” a year after she opened the 2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards with it.
As part of the Awards, we saluted the ASCAP family we lost over the past year, including LaShawn “Big Shiz” Daniels (who won an award posthumously for A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s “Look Back at It”), Fred the Godson, Andre Harrell, Bill Withers, Betty Wright and Kobe Bryant.
ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams set the stage for this year’s winners in a video introduction, saying:
“As the world stumbles and tries to pick itself up, we must try to offer hope, and healing, and a vision for a better future. That’s where your music comes in. I believe in my very core that your music has the power to lift our spirits, move hearts and minds and inspire real change. That deserves to be honoured and celebrated.”
The event will also include performances from winners Anthony Brown (“Blessings on Blessings”) and Nicole Bus (“You”). (Bus also appeared live in a discussion last night as part of @ASCAPUrban’s “Real Sounds Deconstructed” streaming series.) And famed producer and previous ASCAP Founders Award winner Jermaine Dupri will host an Instagram live DJ set “after party” on @jermainedupri on Friday, July 17 beginning at 4PM ET.