2020 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

July 15, 2020

ASCAP closed out our first-ever virtual awards season with a bang as the 2020 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards celebrated the creators and publishers behind the biggest R&B, hip-hop and gospel music hits of last year. For the first time, we welcomed fans and friends to the party, sharing our winners’ exclusive photos, acceptance speeches and unboxing videos on @ASCAPUrban and @ASCAP channels from July 15-17.

Cardi B took a victory lap, capturing Songwriter of the Year for the second straight year on the strength of songs like “Money,” “Press,” “Please Me” and “Ring.” Meek Mill’s “Going Bad” won Top Rap Song, while “Suge, DaBaby’s first top 10 song, was named Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song. On the gospel side, the epic Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus)” took top honors. Universal Music Publishing Group earned Publisher of the Year for songs including “Before I Let Go” (Beyoncé), “Hot Girl Summer” (Megan Thee Stallion) and “My Type” (Saweetie).

The many highlights on socials included Rhythm & Soul Awards veteran Anthony Brown, giving a rousing performance of his winning gospel hit “Blessings on Blessings.” Singer-songwriter Nicole Bus had a full-circle moment, performing her winning song “You,” a year after she opened the 2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards with it.

As part of the Awards, we saluted the ASCAP family we lost over the past year, including LaShawn "Big Shiz" Daniels (who won an award posthumously for A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s “Look Back at It”), Fred the Godson, Andre Harrell, Bill Withers, Betty Wright and Kobe Bryant. And sending us off in style was ASCAP Founders Award-winning DJ maestro Jermaine Dupri, who hosted an Instagram live “after party” on @jermainedupri on Friday, July 17, beginning at 4PM ET.

We hope we can celebrate in person again next year. But in the meantime, we were grateful for this chance to toast our members with all of you watching.

Winning Gospel Songs

TOP GOSPEL SONG

“Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus)”
Writers:
Desmond (BlackDrumHippie) Davis
Marshon Lewis
Rob "Code Lei" Woolridge

Publishers:
Desmond Davis
Robbass Enc
Shonmacmusic Productions

“Blessings on Blessings”
Writer: Anthony Brown

 

Publishers:

Essential Music Publishing

Key of A Music Publishing

Tyscot Music

 

“Can't Turn Back

Writer: Rodney Jones Jr (Lil Rod)

 

Publishers:

Harrodlyrjon 3

Kobalt Music

 

“Everything Will Be Alright”

Writer: Smokie Norful

 

Publishers:

4 My Life Music Publishing

Kobalt Music

 

“I Am”

Writer: James Fortune

Publisher: Fiyaworld

 

“It's Yours”

Writer: Allundria Carr

Publisher: Aljelun

 

“Make Room”

Publisher: Jonathan McReynolds

 

“Miracle Worker”

Writers:

JJ Hairston

Rich Tolbert, Jr.

 

Publishers:

Kobalt Music

Veracity Entertainment

Yellow Boy Music

 

“My God (ft. Mr. Talkbox)”

Writer: Dwan Hill

 

Publishers:

Big Buddy Music

Capitol CMG Genesis

Fun Attic Music

Integrity Worship Music

Nashville Life Music

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

“Open the Floodgates”

Writer: Demetrius West

 

Publishers:

Black Smoke Music Worldwide, LLC

Deni Music Group 1

 

“Unstoppable”

Writer: Anthony "Kid Class" Wyley

Publisher: Kid Class Music

 

“You Don't Know”

Writers:

James Fortune

Marcus Calyen

 

Publishers:

Creative Classic Sounds

Fiyaworld

Mamie and Marcus Productions

 

“You Know My Name (Live)”

Writers:

Brenton Brown

Tasha Cobbs Leonard 

 

Publishers:

Capitol CMG Genesis

Tasha Cobbs Music Group

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

Winning R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

 

“24/7

Writers:

Austin "AP" Schindler

Beyoncé

Meek Mill

Ozan "Oz" Yildirim

Robert "EST" Waller I

Scott Storch

 

Publishers:

Beyoncé Publishing

Black Owned Musik

Forever Rich

Kobalt Music

Music and Dreams Publishing

Notting Dale Songs, Inc.

Reservoir

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

These Are Songs of Pulse

Warner Chappell Music

 

“Act Up”

Writer: JT

 

Publishers:

Quality Control QC Pro

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

“Baby Sitter”

Writers:

DaBaby

Kiari "Offset" Cephus

 

Publishers:

Baby Jesus Publishing

JPL QC Music

Reservoir

South Coast Music Group LLC

Universal Music Publishing Group

YRN Piped Up Ent

 

“Bacc At It Again”

Writers:

Chris Rosser A/K/A Quayglobal

Gucci Mane

Quavious "Quavo" Marshall

 

Publishers:

Huncho YRN Music

Quality Control QC Pro

Radric Davis Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

“Backin' It Up”

Writers:

Cardi B

Joshua "J-Louis" Huizar

Klenord "Shaft" Raphael

Rashawnna "Shawnna" Guy

Stuart "Epikh Pro" Lowery

Stuart Shorty B Jordan

Xcelence

 

Publishers:

J-Louis Productions LLC

Rashawnna Guy Music

Shaftizm

Shorty Bell Pub

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Strictly Platinum Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group

Warner Chappell Music

Washpoppin Inc

 

“Before I Let Go”

Writer: Larry Blackmon

Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group

 

“Big Ole Freak”

Writer: Marquis Dair

 

Publishers:

Ma'phil Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

“Boo'd Up”

Writers:

Dijon "Mustard" McFarlane

Joelle James

 

Publishers:

Rocnation Music Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group

Vanillachinchilla


“Cash Shit”

Writer: DaBaby

 

Publishers:

Baby Jesus Publishing

South Coast Music Group LLC

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

“Clout”

Writers:

Cardi B

Kiari "Offset" Cephus

 

Publishers:

JPL QC Music

Reservoir

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Washpoppin Inc

YRN Piped Up Ent

“Envy Me”

Writers:

Calvin "Calboy" Woods

Jordan "JTK" Knight

 

Publishers:

CD Baby Publishing

Songtrust Ave

Warner Chappell Music

 

“Fall”

Writer: Errol Bellot (Kojo Funds)

 

“Girls Need Love (Remix)”

Writer: Summer Walker

 

Publishers:

LVRN Publishing

Warner Chappell Music

 

“Hot Girl Summer”

Writers:

Bone Collector

JT

Michael "Crazy Mike" Foster

 

Publishers:

Quality Control QC Pro

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

“Karma”

Writer: Queen Naija

 

“Leave Me Alone”

Writers:

Christopher “Flipp Dinero” St. Victor

Mathias "Young Forever" Rosenholm

Per "Cast" Landås

 

Publishers:

Kobalt Music

Lettuce Cook Publishing

Warner Chappell Music

 

“My Type”

Writers:

Aubrey "Boobie" Robinson

Corey C.O. Evans

Diamonté Saweetie Quiava Valentin Harper

Lamarquis 'Lokey' Jefferson

Petey Pablo

Quavious "Quavo" Marshall

Roark Bailey

 

Publishers:

Artist Publishing Group

BMG

Eucalipto Music

Huncho YRN Music

Icy Grl Music Publishing

Kobalt Music

Kumbaya

Me and Marq Music

Missing Link Music

Quality Control QC Pro

Sundaemorningllc

Universal Music Publishing Group

Warner Chappell Music

Watch My Music

 

“No Guidance”

Writers:

Anderson "Vinylz" Hernandez

Che Ecru

Joshua "J-Louis" Huizar

Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels

Noah "40" Shebib

 

Publishers:

1damentional Publishing

J-Louis Productions LLC

Kobalt Music

Roncesvalles Music Publishing

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Vinylz Music Group LLC

Warner Chappell Music

 

“On Chill”

Writers:

Jeremih

Norva VA Denton

Olubowale "Wale" Akintimehin

Raphael Saadiq

Timothy Christian Riley

 

Publishers:

Dead Stock Music

Ohaji Publishing

Primary Wave Music Publishing

Tony Toni Toné Music Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group

Warner Chappell Music

 

“Pop Out”

Writer: Taurus "Polo G" Bartlett

Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing

 

“Press”

Writers:

Cardi B

Klenord "Shaft" Raphael

 

Publishers:

Shaftizm

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Warner Chappell Music

Washpoppin Inc

 

“Pure Water”

Writers:

Dijon "Mustard" McFarlane

Kiari "Offset" Cephus

Kirsnick "Takeoff" Ball

Quavious "Quavo" Marshall

Shahrukh “Gylttryp” Zaman Khan

 

Publishers:

10 Summers Songs

Huncho YRN Music

JPL QC Music

Khan Boys Music

Kobalt Music

MKN QC Music

Quality Control QC Pro

Reservoir

Silent Assassin YRN

Universal Music Publishing Group

YRN Piped Up Ent

 

“Ring”

Writers:

Cardi B

Kehlani Parrish

Khari "Needlz" Cain

Klenord "Shaft" Raphael

 

Publishers:

Dry Rain Entertainment

Shaftizm

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group

Warner Chappell Music

Washpoppin Inc

 

“Shot Clock”

Writers:

Benjamin Bush

Dijon "Mustard" McFarlane
Jahron "PARTYNEXTDOOR" Brathwaite

Stephen “Static Major” Garrett

Tim Mosley

 

Publishers:

Black Fountain Music

Herbilicious Music
Kobalt Music

Warner Chappell Music

 

“Smile (Living My Best Life)”

Writers:

Derrick "Mellow Fellow" Ordogne

Dion "Devious" Norman

Kinta "Ball Greezy" Cox

 

Publishers:

Cruz Control Music

Dirty Clean Publishing

Primary Wave Music Publishing

Scarred Life

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

“Thotiana (Remix)”

Writers:

Blueface

Cardi B

 

Publishers:

Bluefacebleedem Publishing

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Washpoppin Inc

 

“Trip”

Writers:

Dijon "Mustard" McFarlane

Varren Wade

 

Publishers:

Concord Music Publishing

 

“Twerk”

Writers:

Cardi B

Derrick "Mellow Fellow" Ordogne

Dion “Devious” Norman

JT

Kirk DJ JMK Edwards

Yung Miami

 

Publishers:

Chrome Beats Music

Dirty Clean Publishing

Quality Control QC Pro

Scarred Life

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group

Washpoppin Inc

 

“Undecided”

Writers:

Avedon

Jarvis J La Rue Baker

Narada Michael Walden

Scott Storch

Shanice

Sylvester Jackson

 

Publishers:

Concord Music Publishing

Gratitude Sky Music Inc

Shanice 4 U Music

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Warner Chappell Music

 

“Yes Indeed”

Writer: Dominique "Lil Baby" Jones

 

Publishers:

Quality Control QC Pro

Universal Music Publishing Group

Wolf Pack Global Music Publishing

 

“You”

Writers:

Khari "Needlz" Cain

LeVar "TL Cross" Wilson

Nicole Alexandra Bus

 

Publishers:

Dry Rain Entertainment

LeVar's Cribb Pub

Missing Link Music

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

Winning Rap and R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

TOP R&B/HIP-HOP SONG

“Suge”
Writers:
DaBaby
Tahj “jetsonmade” Morgan

Publishers:
Baby Jesus Publishing
jetsonmade Anotha1 Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
South Coast Music Group LLC
Universal Music Publishing Group

TOP RAP SONG

“Going Bad”
Writers:
Meek Mill
Westen Weiss

Publishers:
Forever Rich
Music and Dreams Publishing
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner Chappell Music

 

“A Lot”

Writer: Shayaa Bin-Abraham Joseph 21 Savage

 

Publishers:

BMG

Slaughter Gang

 

“Close Friends”

Writer: Dominique "Lil Baby" Jones

 

Publishers:

Quality Control QC Pro

Universal Music Publishing Group

Wolf Pack Global Music Publishing

 

“Dangerous”

Writers:

Christian "Hitmaka" Ward

Jeremih

Meek Mill

PnB Rock

 

Publishers:

Artist Publishing Group

Forever Rich

Music and Dreams Publishing

My Lord Prophet Music

Ohaji Publishing

PnB Rock

Universal Music Publishing Group

Warner Chappell Music

 

“Drip Too Hard”

Writer: Dominique "Lil Baby" Jones

 

Publishers:

Quality Control QC Pro

Universal Music Publishing Group

Wolf Pack Global Music Publishing

 

“Look Back At It”

Writers:

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Christian "Hitmaka" Ward

LaShawn "Big Shiz" Daniels

Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels

 

Publishers:

HBTL Publishing

My Lord Prophet Music

Reservoir

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Warner Chappell Music

 

“Money”

Writers:

Cardi B

Klenord "Shaft" Raphael

 

Publishers:

Shaftizm

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Warner Chappell Music

Washpoppin Inc

 

“Money in the Grave”

Writers:

Anton 'Asoteric' Kühl 

Delorean Black

 

Publishers:

Anton Kühl Publishing

Warner Chappell Music

 

“Old Town Road”

Writer: Trent Reznor

 

Publishers:

Form And Texture Inc.

Kobalt Music

 

“Please Me”

Writers:

Cardi B

James Fauntleroy

Jeremy "Jermbeats" Reeves

Ray "Charm" McCullough II

 

Publishers:

Beach Wave Publishing

Charm N Hammer Music

eOne Music Publishing

Ownership Is an Illusion

Reservoir

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Sumphu

Warner Chappell Music

Washpoppin Inc

 

“Sicko Mode”

Writers:

Ali Shaheed Muhammad

DJ Premier

Easy Mo Bee

Keith "Guru" Elam

Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor

The Notorious B.I.G.

Ozan "Oz" Yildirim

Q-Tip

Sticky Fingaz

 

Publishers:

111 Posse Music Inc

B.I.G. Poppa Music

Gifted Pearl Music Inc

Janice Combs Publishing

Jazz Merchant Music

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

These Are Songs of Pulse

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

“Wake Up in the Sky”

Writer: Gucci Mane

 

Publishers:

Radric Davis Publishing

Universal Music Publishing Group

 

“ZEZE”

Writers:

Christina Brittany Doman

d.a. got that dope

Kiari "Offset" Cephus

Marcus Prince

 

Publishers:

The Art of Tina

David's Art

JPL QC Music

Kobalt Music

Reservoir

Warner Chappell Music

YRN Piped Up Ent

 
 

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