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ASCAP lauds Hugo, Dre at songwriter kudos

Wonder presents Earth, Wind & Fire with Heritage nod

Dr. Dre and Chad Hugo received ASCAP’s songwriter of the year award at Monday’s 15th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

Hugo won for his songs “Cross the Border,” “Danger (Been So Long)” and “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me),” while Dr. Dre (Andre Young) earned the nod for “Family Affair,” “Let Me Blow Your Mind” and “What Would You Do?”

Awards were given to the songwriters and publishers of the top ASCAP songs on the 2001 R&B/hip-hop, rap, dance and reggae charts. Stevie Wonder presented Earth, Wind & Fire with the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award.

EMI Music Publishing/EMI Jobete Music Publishing, with 23 award-winning songs, was named publisher of the year. From the movie “Charlie’s Angels,” “Independent Women Part I,” written by Samuel “Tone” Barnes and Beyonce Knowles, was honored as top soundtrack song of the year.

Musiq’s “Love,” written by Carvin Haggins, Andre Harris and Musiq, was tapped top R&B/hip-hop song. Top rap song was Lil Romeo’s “My Baby,” written by Berry Gordy Jr., Alphonso Mizell and Freddie Perren; top dance song went to “All For You” (Janet Jackson), written by Wayne Garfield, James “Jimmy Jam” Harris, Terry Lewis and Mauro Malavasi; and Bob Marley was named top reggae artist.

Ashanti and producer DJ Quik were hosts. The two also performed, as did Mary Mary, Chante Moore and Kenny Lattimore.

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