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ASCAP Honors Sean "Diddy" Combs Whose Creative Genius Continues to Shape the Course of Music

Sean "Diddy" CombsSean Combs is a multifaceted entertainment powerhouse. Sean "Diddy" Combs was recently declared "One of the Most Influential Businessmen in the World" by Time Magazine and CNN. Combs, 41, oversees one of the world's preeminent urban entertainment companies – Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group – encompassing a broad range of businesses including recording, music publishing, artist management, television and film production, recording facility, apparel, fragrance and restaurants.

Music has always been at the heart of his career. He is a recognized producer, solo artist and performer, who has produced chart-topping hit songs for music superstars including Aretha Franklin, Sting, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and the Notorious B.I.G. Combs has also released four multi-platinum albums and won his third Grammy Award for the #1 song "Shake Ya Tailfeather" from the Bad Boys II soundtrack, which he executive produced. In 2006, Diddy released Press Play, his hugely anticipated follow up album which debuted at the top of the charts, awarding him the #1 album in the country. This year, he released his sixth studio album, Last Train to Paris featuring his new group Diddy-Dirty Money which received critical acclaim.

Sean's success in music has translated into other media as well. With television, Diddy and MTV have always had a special relationship beginning with his famous videos and show stopping VMA performances. In June 2003, Diddy teamed up with MTV to find the next big hip-hop group with Making the Band II which aired for three seasons. Diddy debuted a new installment of the hit show – Making the Band III – in spring 2005 when he was in search of an all-girl group. Diddy has also entered into a first-look, overall production agreement for future television projects with MTV, which to date includes the mega-hit show Run's House. Combs will continue to provide executive producer services in connection with developing, supervising, producing, consulting and possibly appearing on potential MTV-branded programming. Sean's television ventures also include HBO – the series P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy premiered in June 2005 and featured the hottest up-andcoming urban comedians performing in front of a live audience.

Acting is fast becoming an important ingredient in the burgeoning empire of Sean Combs. Beginning with his acting debut in the film Made, Combs also appeared in the highly-anticipated prequel Carlito's Way: The Beginning directed by Brian De Palma and went on to receive critical acclaim for his supporting role in Monster's Ball opposite Halle Berry. Furthermore, he made a successful Broadway debut starring in the lead role of Walter Lee in the classic Lorraine Hansberry tale, A Raisin in the Sun. In 2008, Combs was the lead actor in and executive-produced a television adaptation of the acclaimed play for ABC Network, which was nominated for three Emmy Awards. Sean went on to win an NAACP Award for Best Actor for his role in the film. In 2010, he co-starred alongside Russell Brand and Jonah Hill in the Judd Apatow comedy Get Him to the Greek, which earned him rave reviews as "the breakout star."

Not only has Combs made an indelible mark on the worlds of entertainment, he continues to break new ground in the fashion industry. Since the inception of his label, Sean John Clothing, Combs has been praised for his innovative and sexy approach to fashion. His efforts were recognized in 2004 when he was awarded the prestigious "Perry Ellis Menswear Designer of the Year Award" from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Additionally, Combs launched his first fragrance, Unforgivable in 2006 with cosmetics giant Estee Lauder which quickly became the number one-selling fragrance across America, followed by Unforgivable Woman in 2007 and I Am King in 2008.

Also in 2007, Sean partnered with Diageo for a groundbreaking strategic alliance to oversee and manage all branding and marketing initiatives for Ciroc Vodka.

Combs is a proud father to sons Justin, Christian, Quincy, daughter Chance and twin girls D'Lila Star and Jesse James.

We are proud to add the ASCAP Founders Award to his expanding list of accomplishments and accolades.