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ASCAP’s most prestigious honor, The Founders Award is presented to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music.

ASCAP 2017 Rhythm & Soul Music Awards - InsideOne of the most influential rappers of all time, Christopher Wallace, better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., was one of several musical icons who received distinguished honors at the annual ASCAP awards.

The ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, which ​celebrates songwriters and publishers, honored the rapper with the ASCAP Founders Award on the 20th anniversary of his death.

Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls was​ just​ 24 years old when he was gunned down in 1997 in Los Angeles​, Calif.

At the event which was held at the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles​, Biggie’s ​wife, singer/songwriter Faith Evans, his children, and his former managers and estate consultant Wayne Barrow and Mark Pitts. Sean “Diddy” Combs acknowledged Biggie’s legacy in a touching video, introducing his sons, Justin and Christian Combs, who presented the award.  Biggie’s DJs, Clark Kent and DJ Enuff, commemorated him with a DJ battle.

ASCAP 2017 Rhythm & Soul Music Awards - Inside

ASCAP’s most prestigious honor, The Founders Award is presented to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius which will enrich generations to come. Previous recipients include: Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Berry Gordy Jr. & Motown Industries, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Carly Simon, Melissa Etheridge, Paul McCartney, Patti Smith, Neil Young and many more.

Songwriters and publishers of the past year’s chart-topping hits were also recognized. ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Songwriter of the Year was a tie between Allen Ritter (“Controlla,” Drake; “Work,” Rihanna) and Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies (“For Free,” DJ Khaled & Drake; “Hotline Bling,” Drake, more). Publisher of the Year went to Sony/ATV.

Pictured: DJ Enuff and Clark Kent perform onstage at the ASCAP 2017 Rhythm & Soul Music Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel (Getty Images for ASCAP)

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