R. Kelly was the big winner last night (Aug. 6) at the Billboard-American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) 2004 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards show. Leading the field of finalists at the outset with eight nominations, Kelly finished the evening with seven statuettes, including top R&B/hip-hop songwriter and producer. Also joining the winners' circle were OutKast and Beyonce.
Funk legend Rick James was found dead at 9:45 a.m. PT this morning (Aug. 6) at his Los Angeles home by a caretaker, according to a police spokesperson. He was 56. The cause of death was believed to be natural. The artist had a history of drug problems that led to poor health in recent years, including a 1998 stroke.