Legendary R&B quartet Xscape and hip-hop trio Migos were honored at the 2018 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards on Thursday night. The 31st annual gala recognized songwriters and publishers the most performed ASCAP songs 2017, as well as honoring Xscape with the ASCAP Golden Note Award and Migos with the ASCAP Vanguard Award at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
So So Def Recordings head Jermaine Dupri, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Fame last week, presented the award to Xscape — La Tocha Scott, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Tamika Scott and Kandi Burruss — giving a heartfelt speech about the group’s early career. Dupri signed the group to their first record deal and they went on to score three platinum albums: Hummin’ Coming’ at ‘Cha, Off the Hook and Traces My Lipstick.
After accepting their award, the iconic girl group performed a medley their hits, including “Who Can I Run To,” “Understanding” and “Just Kickin’ It,” accompanied by a sassy chair-dance routine.
Previous recipients the Golden Note Award, presented to iconic songwriters, composers and artists who have reached extraordinary career milestones, include Usher, Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys and JAY-Z.
Xscape wasn’t the only group that had a big night. Rap stars Migos — Offset, Quavo and Takef — received the ASCAP Vanguard Award for their soaring year in music. The award is presented to those who expand hip-hop’s sonic palette with their groundbreaking creativity.
Previous recipients the Vanguard Award, presented to those who impact and develop new musical genres, include Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monáe and Beastie Boys.
Warner/Chappell Music (WCM) took home the Publisher the Year award, while Gucci Mane and Quavo both tied for the coveted Rhythm and Soul Songwriter the Year award. Gucci’s catalog includes “Black Beatles” with Rae Sremmurd and “Both” with Drake. Quavo’s list hits include “Bad and Boujee” with Lil Uzi Vert and “Good Drank” with Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz.
The evening included more live performances from YBN Nahir and JJ Hairston. Attendees included 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Yo Gotta, Tamar Braxton, Serayah, Kevin Gates, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Jeremih and Murda Beatz.
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song
“That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
Christopher “Brody Brown
Jeremy “Jerm Beats” Reeves
Ray “Ra Charm” McCullough The Stereotypes
Top Rap Song
“Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
Mike WiLL Made-IT
Top Gospel Song:
“You Deserve It” by JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise
See the full list winning songs here.