Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the organization’s 27th annual Rhythm and Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
Grammy Award-winning artist/songwriter/producer Dupri, a 2005 Golden Note honoree, joins such previous Founders Award recipients as Dr. Dre, Berry Gordy Jr., Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.
A fellow Grammy winner as well, singer/songwriter/producer Ne-Yo enters a Golden Note circle that also includes past honorees Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jay Z, Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys.
In addition to these special honors, the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards will salute the songwriters and publishers of the most-performed ASCAP songs on the 2013 R&B/hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers. ASCAP’s goal is to license and promote members’ music, to get fair compensation for public performances of their works and to distribute royalties.