2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

June 20, 2019

“I have always said that our culture is our greatest asset...I am a proud product of it and a fearless protector of it.”

That quote, from Tip “T.I.” Harris’s acceptance speech for the inaugural ASCAP Voice of the Culture Award, eloquently captures the proud spirit of the urban music community. That spirit was on full display during the 2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, our celebration of the biggest ASCAP hip-hop, R&B and gospel music of the past year. 

T.I. was presented the award by political commentator and advocate Angela Rye, for the positive impact he has made through his music and philanthropy. And he was just one of the elite names on stage during the magical night. Reigning hip-hop queen Cardi B added an ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophy to her long list of accolades - the first time the award has gone to a female rapper. Universal Music Publishing Group and Warner Chappell Music each received ASCAP Publisher of the Year Awards. Co-writers of Top Rap Song “Nice for What” and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song “Boo’d Up” were on hand to pick up their awards; the inspirational anthem “Won’t He Do It” was named Top Gospel Song.

As always, the fiery live performances were highlights of the show. Up-and-coming R&B singer Nicole Bus opened the show with her new single “You,” and winning rapper-songwriter A Boogie Wit da Hoodie kept the vibe strong with his current hit "Look Back At It." Joelle James gave a stunning acoustic rendition of her hit "Boo'd Up," and capping off our presentations to the winning gospel songwriters, Jekalyn Carr took us heavenwards with her hit “You Will Win.”

The Rhythm & Soul Awards culminated with a 60th anniversary celebration of Motown Records. Renowned songwriter Valerie Simpson presented Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. with the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award, in honor of his incalculable impact on music for the first three decades of Motown’s history. Quality Control CEOs Coach K and Pee helped us honor Motown President Ethiopia Habtemariam for her role in rejuvenating the proud Motown name, and bringing many of the biggest names in urban music into the Motown fold. The night ended with unforgettable tribute performances by Valerie Simpson, BJ the Chicago Kid and Ne-Yo - three world-class singer-songwriters representing Motown’s past, present and future. 

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WINNING R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS AND RAP SONGS

TOP RAP SONG

NICE FOR WHAT (Drake)

Writers
Alan & Marilyn Bergman
Gary Grice
Marvin Hamlisch
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Noah "40" Shebib (SOCAN)
Orville "Buggs Can Can" Hall
Phillip Triggerman Price
Shane "Murda Beatz" Lindstrom (SOCAN)

Publishers
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Obverse Creation Music Inc
Protoons Inc
Roncesvalles Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner Chappell Music
BE CAREFUL (Cardi B)

Writers
Alan & Marilyn Bergman
Anderson "Vinylz" Hernandez
Cardi B
Gary Grice
Marvin Hamlisch
Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels
Ms. Lauryn Hill

Publishers
Warner Chappell Music
Washpoppin Inc

BIG BANK (YG Featuring 2 Chainz, Big Sean & Nicki Minaj)

Writers
Big Sean
Tauheed "2 Chainz" Epps

Publishers
My Last Publishing
Reservoir Media Music
Ty Epps Music
Universal Music Publishing Group

CREW (GoldLink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy)

Writers
D’Anthony “GoldLink” Carlos
Shy Glizzy

Publishers
American Songs Alpha
Glizzy Gang Publishing
Squaaash Club
These Are Songs Of Pulse
Warner Chappell Music

GOD'S PLAN (Drake)

Writers
Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels
Noah "40" Shebib (SOCAN)
Ronald “Cardo" La Tour

Publishers
1Damentional Publishing
Cardo On The Beat
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Roncesvalles Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing Group

I LIKE IT (Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin)

Writers
Benito Antonio Martinez
Cardi B
Craig Kallman
Edgar W Semper
Vincent "Invincible" Watson
Xavier A Semper

Publishers
A Million Dollar Dream
Artist Publishing Group West
Convinced Music
Editora De Musica Mambo Kingzinc
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
RSM Publishing A Division Of Rimas Entertainment LLC
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner Chappell Music
Washpoppin Inc

IN MY FEELINGS (Drake)

Writers
Darius "Deezle" Harrison
JT
Noah "40" Shebib (SOCAN)
Orville "Buggs Can Can" Hall
Phillip Triggerman Price
Stephen Ellis Garrett "Static Major"
Yung Miami

Publishers
Black Fountain Music
Herbilicious Music
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Protoons Inc
Reservoir Media Music
Roncesvalles Music Publishing
Roynet Music
Three Nails And A Crown
Universal Music Publishing Group

LOVE. (Kendrick Lamar Featuring Zacari)

Writers
Greg Kurstin
Mark "Sounwave" Spears

Publishers
Beat Bully Productions
Hard Working Black Folks Inc
Kurstin Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
TDE Music LLC
Warner Chappell Music

MOTORSPORT (Migos, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B)

Writers
Cardi B
Kiari "Offset" Cephus
Kirsnick "Takeoff" Ball
Quavious "Quavo" Marshall
Shane "Murda Beatz" Lindstrom (SOCAN)

Publishers
Huncho YRN Music
JPL QC Music
MKN QC Music
Quality Control QC Pro
Reservoir Media Music
Silent Assassin YRN
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner Chappell Music
Washpoppin Inc
YRN Piped Up Ent

NO LIMIT (G-Eazy Featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B)

Writers
Allen Raphael Ritter
Cardi B
Earlly Mac
Gerald Gillum
Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels

Publishers
1Damentional Publishing
Bella's Money
G-eazy Publishing
Ritter Boy
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
These Are Songs Of Pulse
Warner Chappell Music
Washpoppin Inc

ROCKSTAR (Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage)

Writers
Louis Bell
Olufunmibi Awoshiley p/k/a "Tank God"
Shayaa "21 Savage" Bin-Abraham Joseph

Publishers
BMG Gold Songs
Felicimi
Slaughter Gang
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

STIR FRY (Migos)

Writers
Kiari "Offset" Cephus
Kirsnick "Takeoff" Ball
Quavious "Quavo" Marshall

Publishers
Huncho YRN Music
JPL QC Music
MKN QC Music
Quality Control QC Pro
Reservoir Media Music
Silent Assassin YRN
Universal Music Publishing Group
YRN Piped Up Ent

TASTE (Tyga Featuring Offset)

Writers
d.a. doman
Kiari "Offset" Cephus

Publishers
David's Art
JPL QC Music
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Reservoir Media Music
YRN Piped Up Ent

YES INDEED (Lil Baby & Drake)

Writers
"Dominique "Lil Baby" Jones

Publishers
Quality Control QC Pro
Universal Music Publishing Group
Wolf Pack Global Music Publishing

WINNING R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS

TOP R&B/HIP-HOP SONG

BOO'D UP (Ella Mai)

Writer
Joelle James

Publishers
Roc Nation Music
Vanillachinchilla
Warner Chappell Music

APESHIT (The Carters)

Writers
Beyoncé
Kiari “Offset” Cephus
Quavious "Quavo" Marshall
Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter

Publishers
Carter Boys Music
Huncho YRN Musi
JPL QC Music
Oakland 13 Music
Quality Control QC Pro
Reservoir Media Music
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner Chappell Music
YRN Piped Up Ent

AT THE CLUB (Jacquees & DeJ Loaf)

Writers
Deja "DeJ Loaf" Trimble

Publishers
BMG Gold Songs
Lil Loaf Publishing

BARTIER CARDI (Cardi B Featuring 21 Savage)

Writers
Cardi B
Irvin “Swirv” Whitlow
Josiah Muhammad
Shayaa "21 Savage" Bin-Abraham Joseph
Tyree “DJ Drama” Simmons

Publishers
BMG Gold Songs
Built By Music
Drama Like The DJ
Josiah Muhammad Publishing
Slaughter Gang
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Velocity Future Collections
Warner/Chappell Music
Washpoppin Inc

BEST PART (Daniel Caesar Featuring H.E.R.)

Writers
H.E.R.
Jordan Evans (SOCAN)
Matthew Burnett (SOCAN)
Riley Bell (SOCAN)

Publishers
I Am Her Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Universal Music Publishing Group

BODAK YELLOW (MONEY MOVES) (Cardi B)

Writer
Cardi B

Publishers
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner Chappell Music
Washpoppin Inc

BOOTY (Blac Youngsta)

Writers
Blac Youngsta
Marcus Marsh aka Beatmonster Marc

Publishers
Beatmonster Marc Music LLC
Heavy Camp
Streamcutmedia

BROKEN CLOCKS (SZA)

Writer
Adam Feeney pka Frank Dukes (SOCAN)

Publishers
Nyan King Music, Inc.
Shay Noelle Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner Chappell Music

DANGER (Meek Mill Featuring Jeremih & PnB Rock)

Writers
Christian "Hitmaka" Ward
Jeremih Felton
PnB Rock
Robert "Meek Mill" Williams

Publishers
Artist Publishing Group West
Forever Rich
Ohaji Publishing
My Lord Prophet Music
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner Chappell Music

FINESSE (REMIX) (Bruno Mars & Cardi B)

Writers
Cardi B
Christopher "Brody" Brown
James Fauntleroy
Jeremy “Jermbeats” Reeves
Ray "Charm" McCullough II

Publishers
ALMO Music Corporation
Fauntleroy Music
Late 80's Music
Ra Charm Music
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Sumphu
Thou Art The Hunger
Underdog West Songs
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner Chappell Music
Washpoppin Inc
Westside Publishing

GET YOU (Daniel Caesar Featuring Kali Uchis)

Writers
Alex Sowinski (SOCAN)
Chester Hansen (SOCAN)
Ian Kenneth William Culley (SOCAN)
Kali Uchis
Jordan Evans (SOCAN)
Leland Whitty (SOCAN)
Matthew Burnett (SOCAN)
Wesley Allen (SOCAN)

Publishers
Kali Uchis LLC
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Third Side America

I GET THE BAG (Gucci Mane Featuring Migos)

Writers
Gucci Mane
Kirsnick "Takeoff" Ball
Quavious "Quavo" Marshall

Publishers
Huncho YRN Music
MKN QC Music
Quality Control QC Pro
Radric Davis Publishing Llc
Reservoir Media Music
Silent Assassin YRN
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner Chappell Music

I LIKE THAT (Janelle Monáe)

Writer
Nathaniel Irvin

LEAVE IT SMOKIN' (Tamia)

Writer
Tamia

Publisher
Plus 1 Publishing

LOVE GALORE (SZA Featuring Travis Scott)

Publisher
Warner Chappell Music

MEDICINE (Queen Naija)

Writers
Patrick "30HertzBeats" Planer
Queen Naija

Publishers
30Hertzbeats
Vydia Music Publishing

NEW FREEZER (Rich The Kid Featuring Kendrick Lamar)

Writers
Dimitri "Rich the Kid" Roger
Marty Baller

Publishers
Baller Productions Llc
Hard Working Black Folks Inc
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Quality Control QC Pro
Rich the Kid Publishing
These Are Songs Of Pulse
Warner Chappell Music

NONSTOP (Drake)

Writers
DJ Squeeky p/k/a Hayward Ivy

Publishers
Out 4 Mochedar
Ultra Tunes

PILLS AND AUTOMOBILES (Chris Brown Featuring Yo Gotti, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie & Kodak Black)

Writers
Artist Julius Dubose
Joshua “OG” Parker
Mario "Yo Gotti" Mims

Publishers
HBTL Publishing
Gotti World Publishing
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
OG Parker Productions
SFQC Music
These Are Songs Of Pulse

PLUG WALK (Rich The Kid)

Writers
Dimitri "Rich the Kid" Roger
Tauheed "2 Chainz" Epps

Publishers
Reservoir Media Music
Rich the Kid Publishing
These Are Songs Of Pulse
Ty Epps Music

RING (Cardi B Featuring Kehlani)

Writers
Cardi B
Kehlani Parrish
Khari “Needlz” Cain

Publishers
Dry Rain Entertainment
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner Chappell Music
Washpoppin Inc

SICKO MODE (Travis Scott Featuring Drake)

Writers
Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Chris Martin
Easy Mo Bee
Keith Elam
Kirk Jones
Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor
Q-Tip
The Notorious B.I.G.

Publishers
111 Posse Music Inc
ALMO Music Corporation
Gifted Pearl Music Inc
Jazz Merchant Music
These Are Songs Of Pulse
Universal Music Publishing Group

SKY WALKER (Miguel Featuring Travis Scott)

Writer
Miguel

Publishers
Art Dealer Chic
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Universal Music Publishing Group

SMILE (LIVING MY BEST LIFE) (Lil Duval Featuring Snoop Dogg & Ball Greezy)

Writers
Derrick Robert Ordogne
Dion Norman
Kinta Cox

Publishers
Dirty Clean Publishing
Scarred Life

THAT'S ON ME (Yella Beezy)

Writers
Yella Beezy

Publishers
Lil Yella Mane Publishing

THAT'S WHAT I LIKE (Bruno Mars)

Writers
Christopher "Brody" Brown
James Fauntleroy
Jeremy “Jermbeats” Reeves
Ray "Charm" McCullough II

Publishers
ALMO Music Corporation
Fauntleroy Music
Late 80's Music
Ra Charm Music
Sumphu
Thou Art The Hunger
Underdog West Songs
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner Chappell Music
Westside Publishing

THE WEEKEND (SZA)

Writers
Justin Timberlake
Timbaland

Publishers
Anthem Entertainment
Tennman Tunes
Universal Music Publishing Group

TRIP (Ella Mai)

Writer
Varren Wade

Publisher
Concord Music Publishing

WALK IT TALK IT (Migos Featuring Drake)

Writers
Jerel "Rel Money" Nance
Joshua “OG” Parker
Kiari "Offset" Cephus
Kirsnick "Takeoff" Ball
Quavious "Quavo" Marshall

Publishers
Huncho YRN Music
JPL QC Music
MKN QC Music
OG Parker Productions
Quality Control QC Pro
Reservoir Media Music
Silent Assassin YRN
SFQC Music
These Are Songs Of Pulse
Universal Music Publishing Group
YRN Piped Up Ent

WHEN WE (Tank)

Writers
Durrell “TANK” Babbs
J. Valentine

Publishers
Grove and Buchanan
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Tank 1176 Music

WINNING GOSPEL SONGS

TOP GOSPEL SONG

WON'T HE DO IT (Koryn Hawthorne)

Writer
Loren Hill

Publishers
One Dynasty Publishing
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC.

A GREAT WORK (Brian Courtney Wilson)

Writer
Brian Courtney Wilson

Publishers
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Won't He Do It Publishing

FAVOR OF GOD (James Fortune Featuring Zacardi Cortez)

Writer
James Fortune

Publisher
Fiyaworld

FOREVER (Jason Nelson)

Writers
Dana T. Soréy
Jason Nelson
Tonya Nelson

Publishers
All Essential Music
C Bazz Publishing
Jaelyn Songs Music
Sonna Songs Music

I GOT THAT (Anthony Brown & group therAPy)

Writer
Anthony Brown

Publishers
All Essential Music
Fair Trade Music Publishing
Key Of A Music Publishing
Tyscot Music

I'M GETTING READY (Tasha Cobbs Leonard Featuring Nicki Minaj)

Writer
Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Publishers
Capitol CMG Genesis
Meadowgreen Music Company
Tasha Cobbs Music Group

NO ORDINARY WORSHIP (Kelontae Gavin)

Writer
Marquis Boone

Publishers
All Essential Music
Fair Trade Music Publishing
Mdb Music Group
Tyscot Music

NO REASON TO FEAR (J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise)

Writer
JJ Hairston

Publishers
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Veracity Music Publishing
Yellow Boy Music

NOT LUCKY, I'M LOVED (Jonathan McReynolds)

Writer
Jonathan McReynolds

Publisher
JMCREYNOLDS

OH HOW I LOVE YOU (Zacardi Cortez)

Writers
Fred Traxx Sanders
Izk IkeThaWrita Jenkins

Publishers
Black Smoke Music Worldwide
Hotskins Music
Ink Boi Productionz
Traxx Sanders Publishing

THROUGH IT ALL (Tamela Mann Featuring Timbaland)

Writers
Darius Paulk
Y’Anna Crawley

Publishers
Kobalt Songs Music Publishing
Refreshntunez
Veracity Music Publishing

TRUST IN YOU (Anthony Brown & group therAPy)

Writer
Anthony Brown

Publishers
All Essential Music
Fair Trade Music Publishing
Key Of A Music Publishing
Tyscot Music

YOU WILL WIN(Jekalyn Carr)

Writer
Jekalyn Carr

Publisher
ALJELUN

YOUR GREAT NAME(Todd Dulaney)

Writer
Dontaniel Jamel Kimbrough

Publishers
Keyemupmusic
Missing Link Music

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