ASCAP to Honor T.I., Motown at 32nd Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

Daniel Shea
T.I.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor rapper Tip “T.I.” Harris and Motown Records at its 32nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, the organization has announced. The ceremony is slated to take place June 20 in Los Angeles.

T.I. is set to receive the inaugural ASCAP Voice of Culture Award, a new honor created “to celebrate ASCAP songwriters and artists who have had a major influence on music and culture,” while Motown Records will receive the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award in celebration of its 60th anniversary.

In announcing T.I.'s award, the organization cited the rapper and label head’s history as a trap music “pioneer.”   

“T.I. has conquered the worlds of music, TV and film, helping to popularize a new sub-genre of music in the process,” said ASCAP chairman of the board and president Paul Williams. “His significant contributions to hip-hop music, support for other artists through his record label, philanthropy, community activism and memorable onscreen roles have had a profound impact on today’s music and culture. There is no one more deserving to receive the inaugural ASCAP Voice of the Culture Award.”

Motown, a presenting sponsor of this year's show, will also receive an onstage tribute from Motown artists.

“From its humble beginnings to its reputation as the birthplace of soul, funk and R&B, Motown Records has evolved into a legendary institution that is home to some of the greatest musical talents of the last century,” added Williams. “We are so pleased to celebrate Motown Records’ first 60 years with the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award.”

Other awards slated to be presented at this year’s ceremony include ASCAP songwriter of the year, publisher of the year, top R&B/hip-hop song, top rap song and top gospel song. Live performances will also be featured, though no lineup has been announced.