On Thursday night (June 21), R&B and hip-hop’s biggest stars gathered at The Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles for the 31st annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The A-list crowd joined the organization in recognizing the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs of 2017 as well as special ASCAP honoree: iconic R&B group Xscape, who received the ASCAP Golden Note Award.
Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Jermaine Dupri gave touching remarks about Xscape’s early career and presented the Golden Note Award to the four original members of the group, LaTocha and Tamika Scott, Kandi Burruss, and Tameka “Tiny” Harris.
The ASCAP Golden Note Award recognizes iconic songwriters, composers and artists who have reached extraordinary career milestones. Previous recipients include: Usher, Lauryn Hill, Ne-Yo, Mary Mary, A Tribe Called Quest, Alicia Keys, New Edition, Lionel Richie, Jermaine Dupri, LL Cool J, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jay-Z and many more.
Xscape closed out the night with a surprise performance of their greatest hits, including “Who Can I Run To,” “Understanding” and “Just Kickin’ It.”
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