Dr. Dre

*ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) will honor music pioneer Dr. Dre with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award and Janelle Monae will be presented with ASCAP’s Vanguard Award during its 23rd annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.  

The invitation-only event will take place on June 25, 2010 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, and will also honor the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2009 R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap and Gospel charts.

The 23rd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards celebration will also feature a special presentation of ASCAP’s highly coveted Songwriter of the Year award to the songwriter with the most award-winning songs of 2009.  

Past recipients of this top honor include Johntá Austin, Mary J. Blige, Kandi Burruss, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Alicia Keys, Terius “The Dream” Nash Stargate’s Mikkel Eriksen and Tor Hermansen, C. “Tricky” Stewart and Timbaland.  Special awards will also be presented to Publisher of the Year, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song, Top Rap Song and Top Gospel Song.  

The evening will feature performances by several award-winning songwriter/performers.