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6/29/2004 7:46:45 AM

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Over 600 music and entertainment luminaries gathered at the 17th Annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards tonight at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles to celebrate the songwriters behind some of today's most popular music as awards were presented to songwriters and publishers of top R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap and Reggae music in the ASCAP repertory. ASCAP President and Chairman and three-time Academy Award-winning lyricist Marilyn Bergman hosted the evening's festivities, which also saluted Black Music Month, and the 90th anniversary of the founding of America's first and largest Performing Rights Organization.

Among the honorees and notables attending the elegantly attired celebration were 50 Cent, Rick James, Jay-Z, Johnta Austin, Ivan Barias, Beyonce, Jayson "Koko" Bridges, Chingy, Bootsey Collins, Rah Digga, DJ Quik, Jermaine Dupri, Michael Elizondo, Jr., Free of BET's 106th and Park, John "J-Praize" Freeman, Nona Gaye, Goapele, Jeffrey "Jo-Bo" Grigsby, Carvin Haggins, Andre Harris, Osten "Easy Moe Bee" Harvey, Jr., Lalah Hathaway, Founder and CEO of BET Robert Johnson, Sean Paul Joseph, Just Blaze, Joe Kent, Killer Mike, Kindred the Family Soul, Kyjuan of the St. Lunatics, Ronald LaPread, Sr., Kenny Lattimore, Alonzo Lee, Lil' Fizz, Lil' Mo, Lyfe, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of RUN DMC, Harvey Mason, Jr., Mr. Cheeks, Musiq, Actress Elise Neal, L.A. Reid, Rick Rock, Frank Romano, Raphael Saadiq, Chink Santana, The Game, Damon Thomas, Truth, Kanye West, James "Big Jim" Wright, and many more.

To recognize Black Music Month, and in support of Luther Vandross' continuing recovery, the evening included a special performance by Lalah Hathaway, daughter of legendary soul great Donny Hathaway, who performed the song "Forever, for Always, for Love." This was Ms. Hathaway's first public performance of the song, which is featured on the upcoming Luther Vandross tribute album, Forever, for Always, for Luther. ASCAP's 90th anniversary was also celebrated with a special screening of a commemorative video tracing the birth of ASCAP through to the new millennium.

50 Cent picked up the enviable Songwriter of the Year award for his five award-winning songs "21 Questions" featuring Nate Dog, "In Da Club," "Magic Stick" featuring Lil' Kim, "P.I.M.P.," and "Wanksta." These top hip-hop songs contributed to the immense success of 50 Cent's debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin', which debuted at No. 1 simultaneously on Billboard's Top 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop album charts. The infectious "In Da Club" was one of the most played singles in the history of radio in February 2003 and also earned 50 Cent this year's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song and Top Rap Song honors. Recently recognized with the ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year, 50 Cent is a major force in the world of popular music.

Among the special highlights of the evening were the presentations of the ASCAP Golden Note Award to Jay-Z, and the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award to Rick James.

Founder and CEO of BET Robert Johnson joined ASCAP President and Chairman of the Board Marilyn Bergman and ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento on stage to co-present the ASCAP Golden Note Award to Jay-Z. This award is given to composers and songwriters who have achieved extraordinary milestones, and was presented to Jay-Z in recognition of his groundbreaking achievements as a songwriter and artist who has aided in redefining the voice and words of hip-hop and earned him an enduring place in American popular music worldwide. Since the release of his classic debut, Reasonable Doubt in 1996, Jay-Z has released at least one million-selling album a year, including the Grammy award-winning Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life, and has created some of the most classic rap singles in history.

In receiving The ASCAP Golden Note Award, one of the most prestigious honors that the Society bestows on its members, Jay-Z joins a select group of songwriters and composers that includes Garth Broo

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