June 17, 2002

ASHANTI & DJ QUIK HOST ASCAP 15th ANNUAL RHYTHM & SOUL MUSIC CELEBRATION IN LOS ANGELES

EARTH, WIND & FIRE HONORED WITH ASCAP RHYTHM & SOUL HERITAGE AWARD
DR. DRE AND CHAD HUGO NAMED SONGWRITERS OF THE YEAR
EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING HONORED AS PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 15th Annual Rhythm and Soul Music Awards on Monday, June 17th, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

Awards were presented to the songwriters and publishers of the top ASCAP songs of the 2001 R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap, Dance and Reggae charts. Murder Inc. recording artist Ashanti and hitmaker/producer DJ Quik, both ASCAP members, served as hosts for the Awards show and celebration.

Marilyn Bergman, ASCAP President and three-time Academy award-winning lyricist commented, "The women and men we recognize are musical trend-setters. On this occasion, with so many creative people gathered together, it is fitting that we pay special tribute to the groundbreaking and legendary group, Earth, Wind & Fire. Their music is memorable, joyous and endlessly inventive. They have created a lasting body of work that transcends category and will continue to enrich generations to come. We are delighted to present them with the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award."

Previous recipients of the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award have been Chaka Khan and Peabo Bryson.

The Songwriter of the Year Award went to Dr. Dre and Chad Hugo. Each had three award-winning songs. Chad Hugo’s winning titles were: "Cross the Border," Danger (Been So Long)" and "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)." Andre "Dr. Dre" Young’s winning titles were: "Family Affair," "Let Me Blow Your Mind" and "What Would You Do?"

Publisher of the Year honors went to EMI Music Publishing/EMI Jobete Music Publishing, with 23 award-winning songs. "Independent Women Part I" written by Samuel "Tone" Barnes and Beyoncé Knowles from the movie Charlie’s Angels was honored with the Top Soundtrack Song of the Year.

The Top Rap Song was "My Baby" written by Berry Gordy, Jr., Alphonso Mizell and Freddie Perren. Top Dance Song went to "All For You" written by Wayne Garfield, James "Jimmy Jam" Harris, Terry Lewis and Mauro Malavasi. Bob Marley was named Top Reggae Artist.

The Awards evening included live performances by some of the most successful talents in the world of "Rhythm & Soul" music including: Ashanti, DJ Quik, Mary Mary, Chanté Moore and Kenny Lattimore.

A special highlight was the presentation by musical giant Stevie Wonder, award-winning songwriter producer Jimmy Jam and ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman of the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award to the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire in recognition of their unique and influential artistry. The audience was also treated to a musical tribute to EWF by Rachelle Farrell, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Rahsaan Paterson and Phil Perry along with the Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band featuring musical director Michael Bearden.

Additional honorees and guests who attended the event were: Musiq, Snoop Dogg, George Duke, Paula Abdul, The Emotions, Eve, Tank, Joe, LisaRay, Alllen Payne, Angela Winbush, Toni Braxton, Warren G., Cypress Hill, City High, Beres Hammond, among others.

ASCAP is a membership association of over 140,000 composers, songwriters and music publishers of all genres of music. ASCAP members are the dominant creative force in music. ASCAP songwriters secured ninety percent of the Top Ten R&B and Rap singles based on Billboard’s 2001-year end charts. The world’s largest performing rights organization, ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and collecting royalties for the public performance of their copyrighted works. ASCAP is the only performing rights organization whose Board of Directors is made up solely of writers and publishers elected by the membership.

The ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards are sponsored by XM Satellite Radio, Guitar Center, Blu Line Clothing Co., Outkast Clothing Co., Game Over NYC Athletic Wear, Accent Aromas, Real Cosmetics Lipstick, Neuchatel Chocolates, Alterna Shampoo, Joico Hair Products, Sephora Bath Gel, Fiji Water, Orly Nailpolish, Toni & Tina Cosmetics and Liz Clairborne.

- Complete List of Award Winners -

ASCAP 15th ANNUAL RHYTHM & SOUL AWARDS