The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has named Cardi B as the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award for the first time. She is also the first female rapper to do so.
“I just want to say I’m very grateful,’ Cardi B began after accepting the award from ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. “Sometimes I feel like I’m not doing too much because when it comes to female rappers, it’s like you’re never doing too much or they’re always pitting you against another female rapper. People on my team are like ‘Cardi, you’re crazy. You won a Grammy. Cardi, all your songs are charting.’
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) and Warner Chappell Music shared honors as ASCAP Publisher of the Year. Warner Chappell’s string of top songs included “Apeshit” (The Carters), “Finesse (Remix)” (Bruno Mars & Cardi B), “Motorsport” (Migos, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B) and “Nice for What” (Drake). UMPG’s hits tally included “Ring,” “I Get the Bag” (Gucci Mane featuring Migos), “Best Part” (Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R.) and “God’s Plan” (Drake).
Awards were also handed out for Top R&B Song (“Boo’d Up”), Top Rap Song (“Nice for What”) and Top Gospel Song (“Won’t He Do It”). The complete list of 2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards winners is available at http://www.ascap.com/rsawards19.