The American Society of of Composers, Authors, and Publishers will host its 28th Rhythm & Soul Music Awards next week Thursday, June 25th at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, in Los Angeles, where they will present Lauryn Hill with the ASCAP Golden Note Award. The award is among the most prestigious honors that ASCAP gives to songwriters, composers, and artists who have accomplished extraordinary milestones. Past honorees have been Pharrell Williams, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jeff Lynne, Reba McIntire, LL Cool J, Jermaine Dupri, Jay-Z, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers, Quincy Jones, Elton John, Tom Petty and many more.
If you need to be reminded of Ms. Hill‘s achievements: Best known for being a member of the Fugees and her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. That album made her the first woman/hip-hop artist to win five Grammy Awards for “Album of the Year,” “Best New Artist,” “Best Female R&B Performance,” “Best R&B Song” for “Doo Wop (That Thing),” and “Best R&B Album.” In total she received eight Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Billboard Awards, and is equally recognized for her philanthropic effort “The Refugee Project,” an organization serving underprivileged urban youth.
Congratulations, Ms. Hill. It is well deserved!