Cardi B named Songwriter of the Year during ASCAP awards

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Cardi B heads into BET Awards weekend already a winner.

She became the first female rapper to be named Songwriter of the Year during ASCAP’s 34th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. last night (June 20).

Honoured earlier in the evening for her songwriting on such most-performed ASCAP songs as “Bartier Cardi” featuring 21 Savage, “Ring” featuring Kehlani and “I Like It,” Cardi B held the rapt attention of a cheering audience inside the Beverly Wilshire Hotel ballroom.

Meanwhile, Motown Records’ 60th anniversary and ongoing legacy were commemorated by the presentation of the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award to founder Berry Gordy Jr. and current president Ethiopia Habtemariam.

In addition, rap artist/activist Tip “T.I.” Harris received the organization’s inaugural Voice of the Culture Award.