Lil Baby named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year; Swizz Beatz, Timbaland and D-Nice received the ASCAP Voice of the Culture award at the ASCAP 2021 Rhythm and Soul Music Awards

Rapper Lil Baby is called ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, an honor recently bestowed on Cardi B, Quavo and Gucci Mane, for her songs including “Baby”, “The Bigger Picture”, “Emotionally Scarred”, “For the Night” and more. The Grammy-nominated songwriter and artist is one of the most dominant and critically acclaimed names since his first release in 2017. His 2020 solo album My turn debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 graphic. Lil Baby was also named to The magazine of the time 2021 “100 Next” List and earlier this month released a collaborative album The voice of heroes with Lil durk. Tomorrow @ASCAP will present an exclusive Lil Baby performance of “The Bigger Picture” at 4 p.m. ET/ 1:00 p.m. PST at @ASCAP YouTube; a link to the premiere will be posted on social media @ASCAP.

Grammy-winning songwriter-producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz; and rapper and DJ D-Nice will receive ASCAP Voice of Culture Award, presented to ASCAP members who have had a major influence on music and culture. The award celebrates music legends for their success as creators of Verzuz and Club Quarantine, respectively, two virtual events that have become touchstones of community empowerment during the pandemic. Immediately after the award ceremony today at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PST at @ASCAP YouTube, the trio will participate in a special ASCAP experience 2021 conversation, Voices of the Culture: how Swizz Beatz, Timbaland and D-Nice united the world through music.

the Best Hip-Hop / R & B & Rap Song award goes to writers Anderson “Vinylz” Hernandez, Che Ecru, Joshua “J-Louis” Huizar, Matthew “Boi-1da” Samuels and Noah “40” Shebib for their work on Chris Brown’s “No guide” (feat. Drake). “No Guidance” spent 27 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard R & B / Hip-Hop Airplay charts and was Grammy nominated for Best R&B Song.

the Best gospel song go to that of Kanye West “Follow God”, co-written by Bryant “XCELENCE” Bell and Jahmal “BoogzDaBeast” Gwin. The song, from West’s ninth album Jesus is king, debuted at # 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Universal music publishing group receives Editor of the year for the continued success of their authors with songs like “Blinding Lights” (The Weeknd), “Rockstar” (DaBaby, Roddy Rich) and “Laugh Now Cry Later” (Drake, Lil durk).

ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards end Thursday June 24 with an in memoriam segment celebrating the rapper’s life and legacy DMX; a @ASCAPurban Real deconstructed sounds session with jetsonmade; and a tour of the SoSo Def studio led by the mega-producer Jermaine Dupri. Jetsonmade and Dupri are both winners of the 2021 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Award. D-Nice will close the festivities with an afterparty, a special edition of Club Quarantine on Instagram Live, the @dnice starting at 4 p.m. ET/ 1:00 p.m. PST.

The full list of winners is available at:

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional organization made up of songwriters, composers, and music publishers of all types of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and its foreign subsidiaries, to obtain fair remuneration for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties it collects on the basis of these executions. ASCAP members write the world’s most loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of this music to hundreds of thousands of companies who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail to radio, television and cable, to the Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license provides an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters to be paid fairly. With over 800,000 members representing more than 16 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the world leader in performing royalties, services and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the the only US performing rights organization (PRO) owned and operated by its member writers and publishers. Learn more and stay in touch at, at Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.


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