It was a star-studded evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills where celebs, press and industry elite gathered at the prestigious hotel for a night honoring the men and women behind the hits at the 27th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards. Jermaine Dupri was presented the “Founder’s Award” for his legendary contributions to music, Ne-Yo was awarded the “Golden Note Award” for his countless amount of hits and producer Mike WiLL took home the “Songwriter Of The Year” award for totally taking over the game, one beat and pen at a time.
I had the esteemed pleasure of working the red carpet and attending the show, where Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Shad Moss (formerly Bow Wow) and Mario paid homage to the honorees with performances.
I spoke to Ne-Yo on the red carpet and he had this to say his favorite JD production, “Jermaine has been around for a while and been doing quality music for a long time. All the Kriss Kross stuff, all the stuff from the Brat…there’s some Aaliyah stuff is in there. I don’t know if I can pick just one.”
And if you thought he couldn’t get anymore humble, he said this about being honored in the same night as JD, “I don’t feel worthy. He’s been around for a long time putting it down, quality for a long time. I got work to do before I am worthy of this award.”
Peep a clip of J Hud’s performance:
A battle between DJ Nabs and DJ SNS kicked off the final presentation of the night–the “Founder’s Award.” Of course Shad Moss took to the stage to represent for the ATL and show his respect to his mentor JD. Usher wowed the audience (and almost made me drop my camera as I rushed to the stage) with a surprise performance of his JD-produced songs “Confessions” and “Burn.”
Check out what other celebs had to say about Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo’s musical-influence in this red carpet gallery:
1. Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri was presented the Founder's Award for his outstanding contributions to music. He was honored with a surprise performance by Usher and Shad Moss.
We caught up with Ne-Yo on the red carpet and he told us, "I don't feel worthy. He's been around for a long time putting it down, quality for a long time. I got work to do before I am worthy of this award." Ne-Yo was presented the the "Golden Note" award and was honored with performances by Mario and Jennifer Hudson.
3. Mike WiLL, Jermaine Dupri & Ne-Yo
Mike WiLL was another big recipient of the night, taking home the "Songwriter Of The Year" award. He posed with JD and Ne-yo on the red carpet.
4. Tank & Mario
R&B singers Mario and Tank having a moment on the red carpet.
Migel took home an ASCAP for his song "Adorn."
6. Sevyn Streeter
Sevyn Streeter looked ah-maze in this cutout dress. We nabbed the "Won't stop" singer on the red carpet and she told us "God" makes her beautiful!
7. Tank & Mario
These handsome men can sang! Mario tore the house down with a performance of "Let Me Love You."
Christian hip-hop rapper LeCrae told us, "The thing about Jermaine Dupri is Jermaine Dupri is a mogul who is responsible for so many things that we forget about. All the way back to Kriss Kross, Da Brat, Xscape...the catalog is so deep, I couldn't even limit it to one." He also had some kind words about Ne-Yo, "I love how he came out as a staple in urban music and was able to crossover."
9. Terrence J
Hello handsome! "Think Like A Man Too" star Terrence J donned this debonair ensemble on the red carpet.
10. Yung Berg
Yung Berg's favorite Jermaine Dupri song is "Welcome To Atlanta" "I like how he pulled everyone together," he said. "JD has been a real influencial person in my career. He's been someone I looked up to and we've been around each other. We have a couple of sessions coming up next week, so I am excited."
Don't you just love a good scarf moment!
12. Bridget Kelly
HelloBeautiful friend Bridget Kelly slayed the red carpet in this vintage piece.
Mario looked dapper in this navy blue Jill Sander suit.
14. Miss Mykie
We're feeling former "106 & Park" host Miss Mykie's colorful Kashi Designs dress.
15. Peter Thomas
Can you guess which JD song is "Real Housewives Of Atlanta" husband, Peter Thomas' favorite? "Money Ain't A Thang!"
16. Shad Moss & Bridget Kelly
Shad rushed the red carpet to prepare for his surprise performance in honor of his big, little homie Jermaine Dupri.
Goapele looks radiant in this white peplum dress.
We're loving T-Boz's sandals! Yasss honey, work!
19. Mona-Scott Young
"Love & Hip Hop" producer and creator Mona Scott-Young walked the red carpet in her signature high heels.
20. Kelly Price
Doesn't Kelly Price's smile just brighten your day? She looks fab on the red carpet.
21. Nicci Gilbert
Nicci Gilbert's confidence just radiates in this picture. The former "R&B Diva" told us it is that exact factor that makes her beautiful.