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New Edition Receives ASCAP Golden Note Award
Over 600 songwriters, recording artists and music industry leaders gathered at the 21st Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards this week at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles to salute the top songwriters and publishers behind the most popular music of 2007.
Grammy Award-winning songwriter Johntá Austin hosted the all-star gathering, which included special guest presenters MC Lyte, Ne-Yo and T-Boz, plus live performances by some of today’s hottest stars and emerging artists, including Marsha Ambrosius (Aftermath), Brutha (Def Jam), Raheem DeVaughn (Jive), The Dream (Def Jam), Flo-Rida (Poe Boy/Atlantic), J. Holiday (Capitol), Krave (Upfront/Interscope),
Jacob Latimore (Crown World Entertainment), Karina Pasian (Def Jam), Shawty Lo (D4L/Asylum) and Tank (Blackground).
Top awards were handed out to:
• Songwriter of the Year: Timbaland • Publisher of the Year: EMI Music Publishing • Ringtone of the Year: “This is Why I’m Hot” • R&B/Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “Lost Without U” • Rap Song of the Year: “Make Me Better” • Gospel Song of the Year: “Blessed & Highly Favored”
A special highlight of the evening was the presentation of the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award to the six members of New Edition. Celebrating their 25th anniversary as recording artists, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe and Johnny Gill were honored in recognition of their innovative and enduring contributions to ‘Rhythm & Soul’ music, which have earned them an extraordinary place in American popular music.
Following a video tribute highlighting the career of the platinum hit makers, writer/producer Maurice Starr and ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento presented awards to each member of the group. Previous recipients of the ASCAP Golden Note Award include Lionel Richie, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jay-Z, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J and Steve Miller.
ASCAP’s highly competitive and coveted Songwriter of the Year award went to Timbaland in recognition of the songs “Ice Box” (Omarion), “Make Me Better” (Fabolous featuring Ne-Yo), “My Love” (Justin Timberlake featuring T.I.) and “Until the End of Time” (Justin Timberlake with Beyoncé). This is the third time that Timbaland has won this award, and closely follows his So and Johntá Austin, Ivan Barias, Beyoncé, Jermaine “JD” Dupri, Mikkel Eriksen, Carvin Haggins, Tor Hermansen, Ronnie “Lil Ronnie” Jackson, The Dream and Justin Timberlake with two each.
Honorees and notables in attendance included: New Edition, Maurice Starr, Johntá Austin, MC Lyte, Ne-Yo, T-Boz, Akon, Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, Karen Clark-Sheard, Drumma Boy, Torence “Lil Boosie” Hatch, Keri Hilson, Ronnie “Lil Ronnie” Jackson, Ludacris, Midi Mafia, Musiq Soulchild, Kelly Price, Stargate, Tricky Stewart, Tank, Webbie, Verdine White, Marsha Ambrosius, Brutha, Raheem DeVaughn, Flo-Rida, J. Holiday, Krave, Jacob Latimore, Karina Pasian, Shawty Lo, The Dream, Clarence Avant, Timothy “Attitude” Clayton, Crime Mob, Ron Fair, Fantasia, Kenny Lattimore, Lil’ Kim, Kevin Liles, Chante Moore, Eddie Murphy, Polow Da Don, Sylvia Rhone, Rhymefest, Rick Rock, Jordin Sparks, Shakir Stewart, Al B. Sure, The Pussycat Dolls’ Melody Thornton, Yolanda “Yo-Yo” Whitaker and Chaka Zulu, among others.