The 29th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awardsreturned to The Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 23, 2016. The invitation-only event celebrated hip-hop alternative group A Tribe Called Quest, who received the ASCAP Golden Note Award, presented by Outkast’s André 3000 and ASCAP President Paul Williams.Additionally, ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) recognized the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2015 R&B, hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.
The Golden Note Award presentation to Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest also paid special tribute to band member Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor, who recently passed away. The group was recognized in song with a surprise performance by Busta Rhymes. The ASCAP Golden Note Award is among the most prestigious honors that ASCAP gives to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Pharrell Williams, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jeff Lynne, Reba McEntire, LL Cool J, Jermaine Dupri, Jay Z, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers, Quincy Jones, Elton John, Tom Petty and many more.