R&B Supergroup XSCAPE Owns The Night At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

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Urban music’s biggest names gathered to honor their own at the 2018 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, held on June 21 in Beverly Hills.

Atlanta’s urban music contingent had an incredible showing: R&B group XSCAPE earned the ASCAP Golden Note Award, while Atlanta’s hip-hop trailblazers Migos took the ASCAP Vanguard Award; rappers Gucci Mane and Quavo, both repping the 404, tied for Songwriter of the Year.

Warner/Chappell was named Publisher of the Year for publishing 25 of last year’s biggest tracks.

In addition to the main honorees, a huge range of music superstars accepted awards for writing last year’s biggest R&B/hip-hop, rap and gospel songs – from chart-topping rappers (2 Chainz, Meek Mill), to beloved singer-songwriters (Sevyn Streeter, Anthony Brown), to hit producers (Mike Will Made-It, Hitmaka), even all-time legends like Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers.

The electricity was palpable the whole night with a series of high-energy performances. JJ Hairston gave a searing performance of ASCAP’s top gospel song of the year “You Deserve It.” YBN Nahmir showed why he’s touted as one of hip-hop’s brightest up-and-comers, bouncing around the stage on his hit “Rubbin off the Paint.”

But ultimately, it was XSCAPE that owned the night.

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After an intro from Jermaine Dupri (fresh from his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame), the quartet of Kandi Burruss, Tameka Harris, LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott brought the audience to its feet as they harmonized over a trio of classic jams: “Who Can I Run To,” “Understanding” and “Just Kickin’ It.”

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DJ Don Cannon kept the grooves going into the wee hours, as we closed the book on another unforgettable ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards.