Music legends honored at American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards

Presenters included Ne-Yo, Tank, Kid Ink and Erica Campbell.

2016 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards - Inside

The 29th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards returned to The Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles on Thursday and bestowed its highest honor on the legendary group A Tribe Called Quest.

The hip-hop alternative group received the ASCAP’s (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Golden Note Award presented by Outkast’s André 3000 and ASCAP President Paul Williams.  The Golden Note Award presentation to Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest also paid special tribute to band member Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor, who recently passed away.

2016 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards - Inside

The group was recognized in song with a surprise performance by Busta Rhymes. The ASCAP Golden Note Award is among the most prestigious honors that ASCAP gives to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones.2016 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals

Lauryn Hill, Pharrell Williams, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, Sean “Diddy” Combs, LL Cool J, Jermaine Dupri, Jay Z, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder are some of the past recipients of this prestigious award.

Presenters included Ne-Yo, Tank, Kid Ink and Erica Campbell who presented accolades to ASCAP winners who included Anton “Tony Fadd” Matsulevich and Fetty Wap, who won for Top Rap Song for “Trap Queen.”   Top Gospel Song for “Worth Fighting For” went to Brian Courtney Wilson. The Songwriter of the Year accolade went to Jeremih, for his work on the winning songs “Hold You Down,” “Planes,” “The Body” and “Throw Sum Mo.” Publisher of the Year for Warner/Chappell Music; Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song for “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” by Jason “Deheala” Quenneville, Ahmad “Belly” Balshe and The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye).

There was a live music performance by winning ASCAP songwriters and Bibi Bourelly, who won for co-writing Rihanna’s “Bi*** Better Have My Money,” performed an acoustic version of her song, “Riot.” French Montana, who won for “All Day,” also delivered an energetic version of his current hit “All the Way Up,” with Remy Ma and DJ Bedtyme.

Celebrities in attendance included Common, 50 Cent, Tyrese,  MC Lyte and Melanie Fiona.

The 2016 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards are presented by REVOLT and sponsored by Seagram’s Gin.

Pictured middle (L-R) Rapper Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Rasta Root, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, mother of the late rapper Phife Dawg, rapper Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, ASCAP SVP of Membership Nicole George Middleton, and rapper Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest (bottom): Erica Campbell (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP) 

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