ASCAP hosted its 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, presenting Lauryn Hill with its prestigious Golden Note Award, given to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Hill also performed.
The songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2014 R&B, hip-hop, rap and gospel charts were also honored at the gala.
The Publisher of the Year Award went to Sony/ATV Tunes LLC, while Timbaland and Jay Z shared Songwriter of the Year honors.
Beyonce and Jay Z also received the award for Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song for “Drunk in Love.” Kid Ink and co-writer Jeremih walked away with the Top Rap Song for “Show Me” featuring Chris Brown; while Bart Millard was honored with the award for Top Gospel Song for “I Can Only Imagine,” (performed by Tamela Mann).
D.R.A.M. performed his up-and-coming song and Beyonce favorite, “Cha Cha,” while Jazmine Sullivan did a powerful version of her ballad “Forever Don’t Last.” The evening also featured Migos performing their popular “Handsome and Wealthy,” and gospel star Smokie Norful sang his hit, “No Greater Love.”
The evening drew an A-list audience of celebrities including Melanie Fiona, Timbaland, Jeremih, Tina Campbell, Goapele, Kelly Price, Michelle Williams, Stacey Barthe, Mary Mary, Elijah Blake, Cheryl Fortune, BJ the Chicago Kid and more.
Click here for a full list of ASCAP 2015 Rhythm & Soul Awards winners.