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50 Cent pieces earn songwriting kudo

ASCAP honors rapper as songwriter of the year

50 Cent was named ASCAP’s songwriter of the year at the performing rights org’s 23rd annual Pop Music Awards held Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Song of the year honors went to Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and the Mariah Carey hit “We Belong Together.” EMI Music Publishing was named publisher of the year just a week after nabbing a similar trophy from BMI.

50 Cent earned his award for contributing to five award-winning songs: “Candy Shop,” “Disco Inferno,” “Hate It or Love it,” “How We Do” and “Just a Lil Bit.” It is the second time 50 Cent has received pop songwriter honors.

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “We Belong Together,” co-written by Johnta Austin, Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal, tied for the song of the year title. Others in the top five were “Breakaway,” written by Bridget Benenate, Matthew Gerrard and Avril Lavigne; “Since U Been Gone,” written by Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and Max Martin; and Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved,” written by James Valentine.

Special kudos were given to Annie Lennox (Founders Award) and Green Day (Creative Voice Award). Lennox performed, as did Joseph Arthur, who received the ASCAP College Vanguard Award; Papa Roach; and Switchfoot.

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