Jermaine Dupri and Timbaland were honored last night (June 7) as songwriters of the year at the 14th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards in Atlanta, Billboard Bulletin reports. Earning kudos as publishers of the year were Warner/Chappell Music and EMI Music Publishing, each with 14 award-winning songs.
“I Wanna Know,” penned by Jolyon Skinner and Joe Thomas and performed by Joe, was named top R&B/hip-hop song as well as top soundtrack song of the year (from “The Wood”). The top rap song award was claimed by Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott and Timbaland’s “Hot Boyz,” while Madonna’s “Music” won top dance song. The late Bob Marley was named top reggae artist.
The event featured performances by Dupri with Lil’ Bow Wow, Da Brat, and Jagged Edge; Tank; Syleena Johnson; and a tribute to R&B veteran Peabo Bryson featuring Kenny Latimore, Gordon Chambers, SoL, and Debra Killings.