Jay-Z, Rick James to get ASCAP awards

June 14, 2004 at 1:57 PM

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 14 (UPI) -- U.S. recording artists Jay-Z and Rick James have been chosen to receive special ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills.

Grammy Award-winning Jay-Z is expected to be honored at the 17th ASCAP annual awards ceremony June 28 with the prestigious Golden Note Award for his achievements as a songwriter and artist who has consistently topped the charts since his 1996 debut.

Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum songwriter, artist and producer Rick James will be presented with the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award for his innovative and influential style.

James is credited with establishing the "punk-funk" style of music. He is best-known for his songs "Super Freak," "Mary Jane" and "Give It To Me Baby."

Stars expected to attend the event include 50 Cent, Zyah Ahmonuel, Erykah Badu, Ivan Barias, Osbourne Gould Bingham, Jr., Jayson "Koko" Bridges, Mr. Cheeks, Bootsey Collins, Michael Elizondo, Jr., and John "J-Praize" Freeman.

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