Sean “Diddy” Combs honored at ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

Los Angeles, CA – ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) hosted its 24th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The event, which was attended by hundreds of songwriters, recording artists and music industry leaders, paid special tribute to Sean “Diddy” Combs and Mary Mary, and honored the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2010 R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap and Gospel charts.

The evening featured performances by R&B artist Miguel and rapper Pusha T, R&B singer/songwriter Andrea Martin and gospel music duo Mary Mary, and was attended by some of the top names in the music and entertainment industry, including Dr. Dre, Drake, Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, Foxy Brown, Lyor Cohen, MC Lyte, Ne-Yo, Kelly Rowland among others.

One of the evening’s highlights was a special tribute to Sean “Diddy” Combs, who was honored with ASCAP’s Founders Award in recognition of his achievements as a producer, artist, entrepreneur, actor and icon whose creative genius continues to shape the course of music.” To celebrate the legendary music mogul, Clark Kent performed a DJ set chronicling his career, and surprise guest Dr. Dre shared some personal remarks and co-presented the award with ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams.

Grammy Award-winning gospel music duo Mary Mary were presented with ASCAP’s Golden Note Award, which is given to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Jermaine Dupri, Jay-Z, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J, New Edition and Lionel Richie.

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Samantha Ofole-Prince is a journalist and movie critic who covers industry-specific news that includes television and film. She serves as the Entertainment Editor for Trendy Africa.

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