“Go Crazy” Takes Best R&B/Hip-Hop & Rap Song;
“Speak to Me” Wins Best Gospel Song;
Sony Music Publishing Named Publisher of the Year

Social Media Celebration Ends June 24 with ASCAP Experience Conversation featuring Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actress Ashanti on the 20the First album anniversary

NEW YORK, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — ASCAP reveals the big winners of its 35e annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awardswhich runs today until June 24 on the social networks of @ASCAP and @ASCAPUrban. Celebrating the songwriters and publishers behind this year’s biggest hip-hop, R&B and gospel hits, ASCAP’s prestigious Rhythm & Soul Music Awards return in a virtual format, with publications and original videos highlighting each winner for four days. Fans around the world can participate by logging on to @ASCAPUrban on instagram and @ASCAP on instagram & Twitterand using the hashtag #ASCAPAwards.

Rapper Little baby continued his meteoric rise to success, capturing ASCAP Songwriter of the Year for the second consecutive year. The prolific Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and artist has contributed to the writing of several top hits, including “Every Chance I Get”, “Girls Want Girls”, “On Me”, “Rags2Riches 2” and “Wants and Needs”. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the solo sequel to her four-time platinum-certified second album. My turnwhich should arrive this summer.

The R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap Song of the Year the prize is awarded to ASCAP songwriters Orville”Bugs can” Hall and Phillip Triggerman Award AKA The Showboys, Dion “Sneaky” Norman, Tre Samuels and David Welcome for their work on “Become crazy,” interpreted by Chris Brown and Young Thug. The hit song broke the record for most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and topped both pop and hip-hop radio.

The Gospel Song of the Year go to co-authors Johnta Austin and Jeremy “TryBishop” Hicks for “Talk to me,” interpreted by Koryn Hawthorne. “Speak to Me” scored Hawthorne her second No. 1 single on BillboardGospel Airplay Chart.

Sony Music Edition picked up its third victory in a hugely successful year, winning the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Editor of the Year award, following their ASCAP awards for Pop Music Publisher of the Year and Latin Music Publisher of the Year.

On June 24 at 3 p.m. ETthe ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards wrap up with “Deconstructed: Ashanti Deconstructs His Hits” a special ASCAP experience conversation with a multi-platinum singer and songwriter Ashanti. She will speak with VIBE Editor Dawton Thomas about the 20th anniversary of his landmark debut album, Ashanti, and dive into creating some of his greatest hits of all time. In addition to the Grammy she won for the album, Ashanti has won numerous Billboard and American Music Awards and is a Guinness World Record holder. The event will be broadcast on the ASCAP YouTube channel. More information is available at

Other highlights expected this week include videos of the winners Felisha King Harvey, Brian Warfield and production duo Tuxedo Blaq (Darius and Dominique Logan), breaking down their winning songs in a special Rhythm & Soul Awards edition of ASCAP Urban’s “Deconstructed” series.

A full list of winners can be found at:


The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional organization comprised of songwriters, composers, and music publishers of all types of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, to obtain equitable remuneration for the public performance of their works, and to distribute the royalties it collects on the basis of these executions. ASCAP members write the world’s most loved music, and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of this music to hundreds of thousands of companies who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail to radio, television and cable, internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license provides an effective solution for companies to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 850,000 members representing more than 16 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the global leader in performance royalties, songwriter services and advocacy and the only organization American Performing Rights (PRO) owned and governed by its member authors and publishers. Learn more and stay in touch at, at Twitter and instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.


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