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ASCAP honored some of gospel music’s most names at its 6th annual ASCAP Morning Glory Breakfast at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on March 28.

Songwriter/Artist, Fetty Wap, shows “On the Come Up” why he’s more than a Trap King.

Hit country songwriter Walt Aldridge and Grammy-winning producer/songwriter Alonzo “Zo” Lee will participate in the ASCAP Songwriter Residency in St. Louis, a partnership with America SCORES. The Residency provides a platform for songwriters to inspire public school students in under-resourced neighborhoods.

With a diverse lineup of fresh, young R&B and hip-hop talent and a packed house the entire night, ASCAP Rhythm & Soul team’s opening-night showcase felt like the best backyard party you’ve ever been to. It was a perfect way to kick off SXSW.

ASCAP will host several exciting events, including three diverse “ASCAP Presents…at SXSW” showcases, at this year’s SXSW Music and Media Conference in Austin, TX.

With GRAMMY weekend in full swing, ASCAP welcomed its nominated songwriters and composers to its annual GRAMMY Nominees Brunch. In the stylish setting of the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, guests gathered to eat, drink and toast this year’s honorees.

Andraé Crouch, a pioneer of contemporary Christian music, died yesterday in LA after suffering a heart attack. A renowned gospel performer, songwriter and choir director, Crouch had a transformative influence on contemporary gospel, and is credited with beginning to bridge the gap between black and white Christian music.

The ASCAP Songwriter Residency continues in New York this year with R&B songwriter/producer Andrea Martin, Grammy and Emmy-nominated composer/songwriter David Wolfert and producer/songwriter Johnny Blk. The Residencies give ASCAP songwriters a platform to give back to their local communities by engaging and inspiring inner city students through songwriting and recording.

As a cast member a hit TV series, R&B singer-songwriter K. Michelle was already known and loved by millions when she celebrated her blockbuster album, Rebellious Soul, by headlining The Rebellious Soul Tour late last year and opening for Robin Thicke on his Blurred Lines Tour at the beginning of this year.

R&B singer-songwriter Goapele has built a career out of singing the truth like only she can. On her new album Strong As Glass, Goapele worked with new collaborators and sounds for a stronger, more vulnerable album than anything she's done before. Watch her explain how she created Strong As Glass, and what she hopes you take from it.

Ten ASCAP legends are nominated this year for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cast your vote for the nominees you want to see inducted - the top five vote-getters will comprise a fans’ ballot that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2015 inductees.

It's one of our favorite stories to tell: the promising talent who breaks through, crosses over, gets the attention that he or she deserves. Here are 10 ASCAP songwriters and composers who had breakthrough years in 2014, and are poised for even bigger things in the future.