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From Ariana Grande's performance of “Focus” to Justin Bieber literally making it rain, the 2015 American Music Awards were filled with ASCAP superstars and their music. Our members won eight categories in the fan-voted awards, another reminder that ASCAP members write the most beloved music in the world.

Music is one of America's greatest cultural exports. Of course, the globalization of music cuts both ways. In celebration of the global scope of the ASCAP repertory, we’re thrilled to present 5 ASCAP international writers who are currently making waves around the world.

ASCAP hosted its 7th Annual “Women Behind The Music” series at Subrosa in NYC on Wednesday, October 28th, honoring trailblazing and GRAMMY Award-winning rap group Salt-N-Pepa for their 30-year career.

In April of 2013, ASCAP singer-songwriter PJ found herself in LA attending the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. She was looking for an internship. She got a record deal instead. In the last year, she’s written singles for Meek Mill, Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B. and Chris Brown & Tyga. And she’s already dropping some delectable tidbits from her upcoming Rare project, set to drop very soon.

Black Violin is the head-turning duo of violist Wilner Baptiste and violinist Kevin Sylvester. Their second CD, Stereotypes, confronts the reality that many people don’t expect black artists to be classically trained, let alone blending magnificent strings with hip-hop and dance grooves.

On October 8th, ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Department hosted their annual “Legislative Luncheon” targeting the importance of the Songwriter Equity Act.

Congratulations to all of our Dove Award winners this year! The 46th Annual Dove Awards ceremony took place on October 13th in Nashville, Tennessee.

The private event was held at ASCAP’s Nashville headquarters and toasted a plethora of ASCAP songwriters, producers and publishers nominated for gospel, country, bluegrass, R&B, hip-hop, pop/contemporary music and more.

ASCAP hosted a special cocktail reception rightfully dubbed “Making Hits-Story” in celebration of the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards at M Bar in Atlanta on Thursday, October 8th. The eventful mixer offered an upbeat night of laughs and playful music selections by Grammy Award-Winning songwriter/producer Bryan-Michael Cox. Remy Martin was a sponsor for the event.

ASCAP has premiered a music video for “Champions,” from the ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7. The song was co-written and performed by rapper/producer Malik Yusef with songwriter Julie Frost and 11 America SCORES Chicago students.

Atlanta’s top tastemakers, artists, media, and DJs all came out to preview the highly-anticipated project before it hits stores on September 18th, 2015.

Jonathan McReynolds is a young gospel artist whose songs are as personal as they are inspirational. His second recording, Life Music: Stage Two, is filled with songs that portray people who struggle with daily life and keeping their faith.

The ASCAP Atlanta office hosted a listening session for member Karen Clark Sheard in celebration of her new album Destined to Win.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) premieres the second music video, “Freedom and Confidence,” from ASCAP Songwriter Residency: Volume 7 with VIBE.

Jamaican pop singer-songwriter OMI is everywhere. His song “Cheerleader” coasted to #1 in 19 countries, and many outlets are calling it the song of the summer. While it might seem like OMI has become an overnight superstar, he’s been working toward this moment for years. We asked him to unpack his toolkit for international success.

New ASCAP member Fetty Wap was born Willie Maxwell II in Paterson, NJ. At first, he was strictly a rapper, writing verses and dropping mixtapes with his Remy Boyz 1738 crew.

ASCAP hosted its 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 25 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. The invitation-only event paid special tribute to Lauryn Hill, who performed and was awarded the ASCAP Golden Note Award.