2017 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

June 22, 2017

On June 22, ASCAP celebrated our unparalleled roster of urban music giants, past and present, at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, presented by REVOLT. Our 30th annual Awards brought out a-list talent, including 2 Chainz, Boi-1da, Anthony Brown, French Montana, Remy Ma, Mike Will Made-It, PartyNextDoor, Yo Gotti and Young Greatness, to pick up awards for writing and publishing the biggest R&B, hip-hop and gospel songs of last year. Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies and Allen Ritter tied for Songwriter of the Year, and Sony/ATV earned our Publisher of the Year Award. As a heat wave brought record-breaking temperatures to LA, four phenomenal performers turned it up even further: Jeremih (“Oui”), Tasha Cobbs Leonard (“Greater God”), Kyle (“iSpy” & “Nothing to Lose”) and H.E.R. (in her debut live performance).

As we honored today’s music greats, we also paid homage to three ASCAP legends who have inspired us for decades. Super-producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, fresh from their induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, accepted the ASCAP Voice of Music Award from the "Godfather of Black Music" Clarence Avant and Warner/Chappell Chairman & CEO and ASCAP Board member, Jon Platt. And in the most moving segment of the night, the family of the late, great Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace received the ASCAP Founders Award from the family of his longtime collaborator and champion, Sean “Diddy” Combs. The entire room was on its feet while Biggie’s original DJs, DJ Clark Kent and DJ Enuff, battled it out with classic songs from his untouchable catalog; it was clear that his legacy lives on, even 20 years after his passing.

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R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song

NEEDED ME by Rihanna

Writers
Adam “Frank Dukes” Feeney (SOCAN)
Brittany “Starrah” Hazzard
Prince Charlez

Publishers
Almo Music Corporation
BMG Gold Songs
Nyan King Music, Inc.
People Over Planes
Seven Corners
Shay Noelle Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
These Are Songs of Pulse

Award-Winning R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

2 PHONES by Kevin Gates

Writers
Kevin Gates
Brittany “Starrah” Hazzard
MadMax
 

Publishers
Artist Publishing Group West
Kevin Gates Music
MadMax Sound
People Over Planes
Prescription Songs
These Are Songs of Pulse

679 by Fetty Wap featuring Remy Boyz

Writers
Fetty Wap
RemyBoy Monty

Publishers
45th and 3rd Music Publishing Inc
Goodfella4life Ent
Remy Boy Monty Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
Zoovier

AGAIN by Fetty Wap

Writers
Fetty Wap
Eddie “Shy Boogs” Timmons

Publishers
45th and 3rd Music Publishing Inc
Goodfella4life Ent
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Timmons Genius
Zoovier

ALL THE WAY UP by Fat Joe, Remy Ma & JAY-Z featuring French Montana & Infared

Writers
Shandel “INFARED” Green
Karim Kharbouch
Remy Mackie

Publishers
Cuts of Reach Music
First N Platinum Publishing
Remynisce Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

AMEN by Anthony Hamilton

Writer
James Poyser

Publishers
Jajapo Music Inc
Life Muse
Songs of Peer LTD

ANTIDOTE by Travis Scott

Writers
Dave Guy
Ebony “Wondagurl” Oshunrinde (SOCAN)
Bryan Van Mierlo “Eestbound” (SOCAN)

Publishers
BMG Gold Songs
Extraordinaire Songs
Songs of Big Deal

BACK TO SLEEP by Chris Brown

Writers
Anderson “Vinylz” Hernandez
Mark Pitts
Allen Ritter
Matthew “Boi-1da” Samuels

Publishers
1Damentional Publishing LLC
Ritter Boy
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Vinylz Music Group

BROCCOLI by D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty

Writers
Rogét Chahayed
J Gramm (SOCAN)

Publishers
BMG Gold Songs
Son of Sam Productions
These Are Songs of Pulse

CALIFORNIA by Colonel Loud featuring T.I., Young Dolph & Ricco Barrino

Writers
Ricco Barrino
Jeffrey Carmichael
Stanley “Mistah F.A.B.” Cox
Michael Montgomery

Publishers
Arlinda Mylinda Music Publishing
Faeva Afta Music
Nustar Music Publishing
Ricco Barrino Muzic

CONTROLLA by Drake

Writers
Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-quee
Moses Anthony Davis (PRS)
Donald Anthony Dennis (JACAP)
Gary Lewis Jackson (PRS)
Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor
Allen Ritter
Patrick Leroy Roberts (PRS)
Matthew “Boi-1da” Samuels

Publishers
1Damentional Publishing LLC
Black Chiney Music
Ritter Boy
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing

CUT IT by O.T. Genasis featuring Young Dolph

Writer
Montre “ITrez” Edmonds

Publisher
Itrezbeats

DON’T by Bryson Tiller

Writers
Johntá Austin
Jermaine Dupri

Publishers
Naked Under My Clothes Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

DOWN IN THE DM by Yo Gotti featuring Nicki Minaj

Writer
Mario Mims

EXCHANGE by Bryson Tiller

Writers
Javalyn Hall-Johnson
Michael “Mixzo” Johnson Jr.

Publishers
Horrible! Songs
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

FATHER STRETCH MY HANDS PT. 1 by Kanye West

Writers
Noah Goldstein
Scott Mescudi
Jerome Potter
Allen Ritter
Rick Rubin
Malik Yusef

Publishers
All The Noise
American Def Tune
Elsie’s Baby Boy
Jabriel Iz Myne
JLOL ASCAP
Noah Goldstein Music
Ritter Boy
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing

FOR FREE by DJ Khaled featuring Drake

Writers
Akinyele
Kacy L Brooks
Kenneth Grant
Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies (SOCAN)
LaMarquis Jefferson
LRoc
Jordan Ullman (SOCAN)

Publishers
Air Control Music Inc
Basajamba Music
BMG Gold Songs
Large Cap Entertainment
Loaded Micz Ent
Me and Marq Music
Nyan King Music, Inc.
Otek South
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

FORMATION by Beyoncé

Writers
Beyoncé
Mike WiLL Made-It

Publishers
Oakland 13 Music
Sounds From Eardrummers
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

HELLO by Adele

Writer
Greg Kurstin

Publishers
Kurstin Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

HOLD UP by Beyoncé

Writers
Beyoncé
Emile Haynie
Ezra Koenig
MNEK (PRS)
Thomas Wesley Pentz
Joshua Tillman

Publishers
I Like Turtles Music
Oakland 13 Music
Songs of SMP
Universal Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

HOTLINE BLING by Drake

Writer
Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies (SOCAN)

Publishers
Nyan King Music, Inc.
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

I GOT THE KEYS by DJ Khaled featuring JAY-Z & Future

Writers
Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter
Jake One

Publishers
Carter Boys Music
Momo Elena Music
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

JUMPMAN by Drake & Future

Publisher
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

KEY TO THE STREETS by YFN Lucci featuring Migos & Trouble

Writers
Quavo
Takeoff

Publishers
Huncho YRN Music
Silent Assassin YRN

LAKE BY THE OCEAN by Maxwell

Writers
Hod David
Maxwell

Publishers
Ben Ami
Muszewell
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

LAW by Yo Gotti featuring E-40

Writers
Leland “Big Fruit” Clopton
Mario Mims

Publishers
Abou Thiams Music
Universal Music Publishing

LOW LIFE by Future featuring The Weeknd

Writers
Martin “Doc” McKinney (SOCAN)
Jason “Daheala” Quenneville (SOCAN)
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye (SOCAN)

Publishers
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Songs of SMP
Universal Music Publishing

LUV by Tory Lanez

Writers
Steven “Lenky” Marsden (PRS)
Wayne Burton Jerome Passley (PRS)
Mark Anthony Wolfe (PRS)

Publishers
Songs of Greensleeves
Universal Music Publishing

MOOLAH by Young Greatness

Writer
Theodore Jones p/k/a Young Greatness

Publishers
Quality Control QC Pro
Theodore Jones Publishing

NO LIMIT by Usher featuring Young Thug

Writers
Keith Thomas
Theron Thomas
Timothy Thomas
Usher

Publishers
Keef Tha Beef LLC
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
T N T Explosive Publishing
Universal Music Publishing
UR-IV

NO PROBLEM by Chance The Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

Writer
Tauheed “2 Chainz” Epps

Publishers
Reservoir Media Music
Ty Epps Music

ONE DANCE by Drake featuring WizKid & Kyla

Writers
Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies (SOCAN)
Noah “40” Shebib (SOCAN)

Publishers
Nyan King Music, Inc.
Roncesvalles Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

OUI by Jeremih

Writers
Andrew “Dilla” Bonsu
Khari “Needlz” Cain
Jeremih Felton
“Kenny Kold”

Publishers
Dry Rain Entertainment
Ghanadon Publishing
Ohaji Publishing
Power Pen Associated Publishing
Universal Music Publishing

PANDA by Desiigner

Writer
Adnan “Menace” Khan

Publisher
Stellar Sun Songs

PERMISSION by Ro James

Writer
Willie Hutch

Publisher
Jobete Music Co Inc

PLAY NO GAMES by Big Sean featuring Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign

Writers
Big Sean
Aaron Hall

Publishers
BMG Gold Songs
Cal-Rock Music Inc
Donril Music
My Last Publishing
Universal Music Publishing

SAY IT by Tory Lanez

Writers
Gordon Chambers
Nichole Lynnette Gilbert
Dave Jam Hall

Publishers
Brown Girl Music
The Night Rainbow Music
Orisha Music
Stone Jam Publishing Inc
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

SORRY by Beyoncé

Writer
Beyoncé

Publishers
Oakland 13 Music
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

SORRY NOT SORRY by Bryson Tiller

Writers
Milli Beatz (GEMA)
Timbaland

Publishers
A Max Entertainment Publishing
ole Red Cape
VB Rising Publishing

THE HILLS by The Weeknd

Writers
Ahmad “Belly” Balshe (SOCAN)
Emmanuel “Mano” Nickerson
T W Raybould (PRS)
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye (SOCAN)

Publishers
Connoisseur of Connoisseurs
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Songs of SMP
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

WAT U MEAN (AYE, AYE, AYE) by Dae Dae

Writers
Marquavis Goolsby
Chadron “Nitt i Beatz” Moore

Publishers
Antidote Music Group
Da Da Love Life Publishing
Playmaker Beatz
Regina’s Son Music

WORK by Rihanna featuring Drake

Writers
Jahron “PARTYNEXTDOOR” Brathwaite (SOCAN)
Monte Moir
Allen Ritter
Matthew “Boi-1da” Samuels
Richie Stephens (PRS)
Sevn Thomas (SOCAN)

Publishers
1Damentional Publishing LLC
Avant Garde Music Publishing Inc
New Perspective Publishing Inc
Ritter Boy
Shay Noelle Publishing
Songs of Greensleeves
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

RAP SONGS

Top Rap Song

CONTROLLA by Drake

Writers
Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-quee
Moses Anthony Davis (PRS)
Donald Anthony Dennis (JACAP)
Gary Lewis Jackson (PRS)
Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor
Allen Ritter
Patrick Leroy Roberts (PRS)
Matthew “Boi-1da” Samuels

Publishers
1Damentional Publishing LLC
Black Chiney Music
Ritter Boy
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing

Award-Winning Rap Songs

679 by Fetty Wap featuring Remy Boyz

Writers
Fetty Wap
RemyBoy Monty

Publishers
45th and 3rd Music Publishing Inc
Goodfella4life Ent
Remy Boy Monty Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
Zoovier

AGAIN by Fetty Wap

Writers
Fetty Wap
Eddie “Shy Boogs” Timmons

Publishers
45th and 3rd Music Publishing Inc
Goodfella4life Ent
Timmons Genius
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Zoovier

ALL THE WAY UP by Fat Joe, Remy Ma & JAY-Z featuring French Montana & Infared

Writers
Shandel “INFARED” Green
Karim Kharbouch
Remy Mackie

Publishers
Cuts of Reach Music
First N Platinum Publishing
Remynisce Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

ANTIDOTE by Travis Scott

Writers
Dave Guy
Ebony “Wondagurl” Oshunrinde (SOCAN)
Bryan Van Mierlo “Eestbound” (SOCAN)

Publishers
BMG Gold Songs
Extraordinaire Songs
Songs of Big Deal

CUT IT by O.T. Genasis featuring Young Dolph

Writer
Montre “ITrez” Edmonds

Publisher
Itrezbeats

DOWN IN THE DAM by Yo Gotti featuring Nicki Minaj

Writer
Mario Mims

FATHER STRETCH MY HANDS PT. 1 by Kanye West

Writers
Noah Goldstein
Scott Mescudi
Jerome Potter
Allen Ritter
Rick Rubin
Malik Yusef

Publishers
All The Noise
American Def Tune
Elsie’s Baby Boy
Jabriel Iz Myne
JLOL ASCAP
Noah Goldstein Music
Ritter Boy
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing

FOR FREE by DJ Khaled featuring Drake

Writers
Akinyele
Kacy L Brooks
Kenneth Grant
Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies (SOCAN)
LaMarquis Jefferson
LRoc
Jordan Ullman (SOCAN)

Publishers
Air Control Music Inc
Basajamba Music
Large Cap Entertainment
Loaded Micz Ent
Me and Marq Music
Nyan King Music, Inc.
Otek South
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner/Chappell Music Inc.

HOTLINE BLING by Drake

Writer
Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies (SOCAN)

Publishers
Nyan King Music, Inc.
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

JUMPMAN by Drake & Future

Publisher
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

PANDA by Desiigner

Writer
Adnan “Menace” Khan

Publisher
Stellar Sun Songs

TOO GOOD by Drake featuring Rihanna

Writers
Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-quee
Dre Skull
Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies (SOCAN)

Publishers
Black Chiney Music
Nyan King Music, Inc.
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

GOSPEL SONGS

Top Gospel Song

BETTER by Hezekiah Walker

Writer
Gabriel J Hatcher II

Publisher
Phatchordzproductions

Award-Winning Gospel Songs

#YDIA by Zacardi Cortez

Writers
Izk “IkeThaWrita” Jenkins
Fred “Traxx” Sanders

Publishers
Black Smoke Music World Wide
Hotskins Music
Ink Boi Productionz
Traxx Sanders Publishing

123 VICTORY by Kirk Franklin featuring Pharrell Williams

Writer
Lawrence “KRS-One” Parker

Publisher
Universal Music Publishing

THE ANTHEM by Todd Dulaney

Writers
Joth Hunt (APRA)
Henry Seeley
Liz Webber (APRA)

Publishers
Capitol CMG Genesis
Integrity Worship Music

BE LIKE JESUS by Deitrick Haddon

Writer
Marcus Hodge

Publisher
MarcusHodgeMusic

BLESS THE LORD by Anthony Brown & group therAPy featuring Doretha ‘Dodi’ Sampson

Writer
Anthony Brown

Publishers
Key of A Music Publishing
Tyscot Music

I’M GOOD by Tim Bowman Jr.

Writers
Johntá Austin
Arthur Ross
Leon Ware

Publishers
Jobete Music Co Inc
Naked Under My Clothes Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

I’M YOURS by Casey J

Writer
Casey J

Publishers
Casey Hobbs Music
MDB Music Group
Tyscot Music

PUT A PRAISE ON IT by Tasha Cobbs featuring Kierra Sheard

Writer
Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Publishers
Meadowgreen Music Company
Tasha Cobbs Music Group

SPIRIT BREAK OUT by William McDowell featuring Trinity Anderson

Writers
Ben Bryant (PRS)
Myles Dhillon (PRS)
Luke Hellebronth (PRS)
Tim Hughes (PRS)

Publisher
Capitol CMG Genesis

WORTH by Anthony Brown & group therAPy

Writer
Anthony Brown

Publishers
Key of A Music Publishing
Tyscot Music

YOU'RE BIGGER by Jekalyn Carr

Writer
Allundria Carr

Publisher
Aljelun

YOU'RE MIGHTY by J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise

Writers
Eric Davis
James (JJ) Hairston

Publishers
E Dav Music
Yellow Boy Music