Dr. Dre during his ASCAP Award acceptance speech

Dr. Dre and wife Nicole

*ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers hosted its 23rd annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards Friday night (06-25-10) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.  

The star-studded event, which was attended by over 650 leading songwriters, recording artists and music industry notables, paid special tribute to Dr. Dre and Janelle Monáe, and honored the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2009 R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap and Gospel charts.  

The evening featured performances by rapper Gucci Mane, R&B singer/songwriter Dondria and R&B artist Miguel, and was attended by some of the top names in music, including Dr. Dre, Eminem, Prince, Janelle Monáe, Big Boi, Ne-Yo, T.I. Flo Rida, Gucci Mane, DJ Kid Capri, Jermaine Dupri, Johntá Austin, Manuel Seal, C. “Tricky” Stewart, The-Dream, Jimmy Jam, Bruno Mars, Jeremih, Twista, Keyshia Cole, Kandi Burruss, Warryn Campbell, Dorrough, Dre & Vidal, James Fortune, Chuck Harmony, Thaddis “Kuk” Harrell, Rob Knox, Matthew “Boi-1da” Samuels, and Terence Vaughn among many others.

Read about the event here.

Above and below are photos from the event.

Dr. Dre's award was presented to him by Eminem

Janelle Monae shows off her ASCAP Award

Janelle Monae's ASCAP Award was presented by her mentor, Big Boi

Johntá Austin, Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal

Tricky Stewart, Jimmy Jam & The Dream

New girl group Electrik Red was in the house


Melody Thornton (Pussycat Dolls)


Even NBA champ Ron Artest showed up to promote his song 'Champion'



Sherlen Archibald
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