Lil Baby named ASCAP songwriter of the year for second time

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After adding “Grammy winner” to his title earlier this year, Lil Baby is continuing his winning streak with a new accolade. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced the 27-year-old rapper as the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards Songwriter of the Year on Tuesday.

This year marks the second consecutive win for Lil Baby, who’ll be recognized at the 35th annual show, which is set to air Tuesday, June 21 through Friday, June 24 on ASCAP’s Instagram and Twitter and ASCAPUrban’s Instagram page.  

“Congratulations to one of the greatest in the game,” the organization said in an announcement tweet.

Lil Baby has written and contributed to some of the most popular and successful hip-hop songs, including “Girls Want Girls” by Drake, “Every Chance I Get” by DJ Khaled and his own record, “On Me.” His long-awaited third studio album is expected this summer. 

The award for R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap Song of the Year is presented to ASCAP songwriters Orville Buggs Can Can Hall and Phillip Triggerman Price aka The ShowboysDion Devious NormanTrè Samuels and Dave Welcome for their work on “Go Crazy,” performed by Chris Brown and Young Thug.

“Speak to Me,” performed by Koryn Hawthorne and written by Johntá Austin and Jeremy TryBishop Hicks, is recognized as the Gospel Song of the Year. The 2020 hit song earned Hawthorne her second number-one single on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart.

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The award for Rhythm & Soul Publisher of the Year goes to Sony Music Publishing, making the company’s third win at an ASCAP event this year. 

On June 24 at 3 p.m. ET, the show will wrap up with “Deconstructed: Ashanti Breaks Down Her Hits,” a conversation with multiplatinum singer-songwriter Ashanti and VIBE Editor-in-Chief, Datwon Thomas.

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