AceShowbiz - Rapper Lil Baby has been crowned the Songwriter of the Year at the 34th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards.
The hip-hop star was recognised for the success of songs like "Emotionally Scarred", "Baby", "For the Night", and "The Bigger Picture", earning him the honour previously awarded to Cardi B in 2019 and 2020.
Officials at the performing rights organisation also feted the writers behind Chris Brown and Drake's "No Guidance" track - Anderson "Vinylz" Hernandez, Che Ecru, Joshua "J-Louis" Huizar, Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels, and Noah "40" Shebib - with the top hip-hop/R&B and rap song accolades at Tuesday's (22Jun21) virtual ceremony.
Meanwhile, Kanye West's "Follow God" was chosen as top gospel song, penned by Bryant "XCELENCE" Bell and Jahmal "BoogzDaBeast" Gwin, and the Voice of the Culture Award was presented to "Verzuz" creators Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, and DJ D-Nice for his Club Quarantine livestream events, which kept fans entertained during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"During the beginning of the pandemic," D-Nice said, "it was about playing music to save lives, and to keep music around, to keep people dancing together. This represents that this mission has been accomplished."
Swizz Beatz stated, "We gave people a safe haven to run to. Whether it was running away from the news we've seen every day, or whether it was running back in the house after countless hours of protest outside."
Meanwhile, Lil Baby thanked his label and fans for their support as he accepted the award.