Jun 27, 2007

Sean Paul is ASCAP Reggae Artist Of The Year

Dancehall artist Sean Paul was named Reggae Artist of the Year for the fourth consecutive year and also earned two awards in the Rap category for "Temperature" and "(When You Gonna) Give it Up To Me" at the 20th Anniversary ASCAP Rhythm And Soul Music Awards. The 20th Anniversary ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards took place on Monday, June 25, 2007 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

The 20th Anniversary ASCAP Rhythm And Soul Music Awards also honored Johnta Austin and Jermaine Dupri, who shared the night's coveted Songwriter Of The Year title with Mary J. Blige. Mary J. Blige was honored with the ASCAP Voice Of Music Award.

Yung Joc's "It's Goin' Down," written by Nitti, was named Top Rap Song and also earned an award in the R&B/Hip-Hop category. The song reached #1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart and received a 2006 Grammy nomination for Best Rap Song.

"Looking For You," written by Sheree Brown, Charles Mims and Patrice Rushen, was named Top Gospel Song. Performed by Kirk Franklin, the song remained on Billboard's Top Gospel Songs chart for 49 weeks peaking at the #1 spot.

Among the songwriters with multiple award-winning songs were: Mary J. Blige, Johntá Austin and Jermaine "JD" Dupri with three each, and Beyoncé, Keyshia Cole, LRoc, Ludacris, Stargate's Mikkel Eriksen (PRS) and Tor Hermansen (PRS), Sean Garrett and Sean Paul with two each.

Honorees and notables in attendance included: Mary J. Blige, Johntá Austin, Jermaine "JD" Dupri, Akon, Chingy, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Alicia Keys, Biz Markie, Kandi Burruss, Chamillionaire, Keyshia Cole, Dem Franchize Boyz, Dre & Vidal, Ron Fair, Dave "Jam" Hall, Andre Harrell, Lalah Hathaway, Keri Hilson, Jimmy Iovine, Krayzie Bone, L.A. Reid, Letoya, LRoc, Lyfe Jennings, Mary Mary, MC Lyte, Ne-Yo, Papoose, Play N Skillz, Polow Da Don, Rah Digga, Sylvia Rhone, Rock City, Patrice Rushen, Karen Clark Sheard, American Idol's Jordin Sparks, Blake Lewis, Lakisha Jones and Melinda Doolittle, Stargate,Swizz Beatz, Tank, T.I., The Underdogs, Narada Michael Walden, Ted Winn and Young Dro, among others.

For the complete list of winners, click here.

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