50 Cent and Jermaine Dupri were named songwriters of the year at the 19th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, held tonight (June 26) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. This

50 Cent and Jermaine Dupri were named songwriters of the year at the 19th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, held tonight (June 26) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. This marked the second time 50 Cent had earned such honors, and the fifth for Dupri.

EMI Music Publishing was name publisher of the year at the ceremony, which was hosted by Ciara. A pair of lifetime achievement awards were also handed out. LL Cool J was presented with the ASCAP's "golden note award," and Bill Withers was honored with the "rhythm & soul heritage award."

Also at the awards, Sean Paul was named reggae artist of the year, and 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" was honored as ringtone of the year.