kendrick lamar*Rapper-songwriter Kendrick Lamar will be honored with the  (ASCAP) American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers‘ Vanguard Award during its 26th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.

The invitation-only event will be held on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

The ASCAP Vanguard Award acknowledges the musical genres that help shape the future of American music.

Past ASCAP Vanguard Award honorees include Beastie Boys, Taio Cruz, Diplo, Janelle Monáe and Santigold.

ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams commented: “Kendrick Lamar’s smart, structured story-telling and genre-bending sound make him stand out amongst his peers. He pushes boundaries with his creativity, perfectly illustrating everything that the ASCAP Vanguard Award recognizes.”

ASCAP VP of Rhythm & Soul Membership Nicole George-Middleton commented: “Kendrick is one of the most exciting acts in the rap game today, and we know big things are in store for his career. It’s no wonder that he’s been dubbed ‘the new king of the West Coast’ by rap veterans like Snoop Dogg.”

Earlier this year, Lamar topped MTV’s annual Hottest MCs in the Game list, beating out industry heavyweights like Nas and Kanye West.