Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor LL
Cool J and Bill
Withers at its 19th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 26,
2006. During the awards ceremony, LL Cool J will be presented with the ASCAP
Golden Note Award and Bill Withers will receive the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul
Heritage Award. The event honors the songwriters and publishers of the most
performed ASCAP songs on the 2005 R&B, hip-hop and rap charts.
Since the 1985 release of his masterful debut album, Radio,
the first Def
Jam disc ever released, LL Cool J has amassed nine platinum-plus selling
albums and eight gold singles. His chart-topping albums Bigger and Deffer,
Walking With A Panther, 14 Shots To The Dome, G.O.A.T. and 10 have spawned
several Number One hit singles including "I Need Love," "I'm
That Type of Guy," "How I'm Comin'," and "Luv U Better."
His 12th album, Todd Smith, was recently certified gold. He has won two
Grammy Awards for his singles "Mama Said Knock You Out" and
"Hey Lover," a duet with Boyz II Men, in addition to several
MTV Video Music Awards, a NAACP Image Award and the Quincy Jones Award
for Outstanding Career Achievements at the Soul Train Music Awards. During
his 25-plus-year career he has worked with a wide array of producers including
Trackmasters, The Neptunes, Rick Rubin, Marley Marl and Diddy. In addition
to creating music, LL Cool J has co-starred in several films including
Any Given Sunday, Deep Blue Sea, In Too Deep and Halloween H20: 20 Years
Later as well as starring in the hit television sitcom In the House. His
autobiography, I Make My Own Rules, was released in 1997 and his upscale
clothing line was launched in 2004.
"LL Cool J is one of the most important figures in
the history of hip-hop. He has weathered all the trends in the rap world
and is as commercially viable today as he was when he started out in 1985,"
said ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman. "We are very pleased
to honor LL Cool J by adding his name to the very elite group of our Golden
Note-winning songwriters and composers."
The ASCAP Golden Note Award is given to songwriters and
composers who have achieved extraordinary milestones. Past recipients
include Garth Brooks, Sean
"Diddy" Combs, Jermaine
Dupri, Jose Feliciano, Alan Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis,
Tom Petty, Michael W. Smith, Mark Snow and Stevie
Wonder among others.