By Sandra Rose  | 

Cardi B was named Songwriter of the Year at the 2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, June 20, in Beverly Hills, California.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) celebrated its unparalleled roster of music legends, past and present, at the 34th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. Thursday night's event, which is part of the big BET Weekend, recognized special honorees and the songwriters and publishers of the most-performed ASCAP songs of the past year on the R&B/hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.

Chart-topping rapper Cardi B took home the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Award for the first time. The honor recognizes the songwriter who has written or co-written the greatest number of most-performed songs of the year. Cardi B took the music world by storm with her 2017 breakthrough “Bodak Yellow” and continued to dominate the charts with hits such as "Bartier Cardi" (ft. 21 Savage), "Ring (ft. Kehlani)," "I Like It" and more.

Quality Control CEOs Coach K, left, and Pierre "Pee" Thomas, right, co-presented the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award to current Motown President Ethiopia Habtemariam.

Legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy also received the Heritage Award for his historic contributions to R&B music. The award honors ASCAP members who have had a major impact on the legacy of rhythm and soul music.

Motown was the presenting sponsor of the 2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards. Other sponsors included CÎROC, Fender and M.A.C. makeup.

Trap music pioneer, actor and activist Tip "T.I." Harris took the stage as the first-ever recipient of the ASCAP Voice of the Culture Award, presented by noted political commentator, analyst and advocate Angela Rye, for T.I.'s activism and leadership on social media. The new honor celebrates an ASCAP member who has had a major influence on music and culture.

T.I. shared his accomplishment with his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris and his youngest daughter, Heiress Harris, 3.

The complete list of 2019 ASCAP R&S Awards winners is available here.

Photos by Michael Tran/FilmMagic, Paras Griffin/Getty Images, Leon Bennett/Getty Images, Lester Cohen/Getty Images for ASCAP

  • iWasteTime
  • Yardgirl



    Hmmmm ?

  • Victorious82

    What in the world? ????? Nobody that actually wrote their songs was worthy of that award?

  • Banka

    But....... she doesn't even write her own songs. I am confused and I'm logging off. TGIF....!!

  • cleopatra04

    I love Cardi. She's funny as hell. But a songwriting award...really?

    Said little bitch, you can't fuck with me
    If you wanted to
    These expensive, these is red bottoms
    These is bloody shoes
    Hit the store, I can get 'em both
    I don't wanna choose
    And I'm quick, cut a nigga off
    So don't get comfortable

    Dr Suess can write can write better lyrics than that.

  • tia

    Doesn't take away from her talent and I like Cardi~~~but she ain't no song writer. more words

  • Kanyade

    The honor recognizes the songwriter who has written or co-written the greatest number of most-performed songs of the year.

    She performed a lot.

    Happy Friday Y'all.

  • cleopatra04

    I love T.I.'s activism and how he is not afraid to stand up for what is right. He deserves that award. I consider him a real man in spite of the mess his personal life can be.

  • A.P. Millz-CT

    Call me crazy and I'm a little slow at times, but I thought actual songwriters are supposed to win these types of awards, *shoulder shrug*


  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Most rappers co-write their lyrics, even when they have ghostwriters helping them. So even if they write 80-15% of the lyrics and she puts in 15%, that still makes her a co-writer.

  • Ghetto Real Name

    If Lauryn Hill's plagarizing ass can have an ASCAP so can Cardi. She aint write shit but I dont think Lauryn wrote much either. And she has one.

    Dont @ me.

  • Wreckognize Game

    The honor recognizes the songwriter who has written or co-written the greatest number of most-performed songs of the year.
    Operative word is co-written. Oh, and this part... greatest number of most performed songs of the year. Cardi B earned this award by taking a page from Queen Bey’s book. Get it Girl, Don’t stop ??

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Cardi looking up like she know she doesnt even deserve that award lol...Congrats to the winners. She stay winning!

    Tiny needs to always wear dark hair she looks so much better with it.

  • rockstar2142

    Girl you tried it. Lauyrn wrote all her hits.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Y'all see this mess?! I'm on da flo!

    TI an activist....
    Cardi a song writer....


  • Wreckognize Game

    After watching the show Songland, I’ve gotten a better picture on how the songwriting process goes.

  • Ni Ni

    Lil Heiress is so cute. She looks like Winnie the Pooh.

  • Beloved Jordan

    wow..she dont even write her music which SHE admitted. black people need to take back their music industry...they never allow this fuckery in white music...dont you see the game being played

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Lauryn ass got sued for not writing "all" of her hits in a huge ass lawsuit circa 1998. That dominated the headlines and changed protocol on proper crediting. How much she wrote we will never know. But she didnt write the "ALL" of shit.

  • Malai

    Is this a joke? lol

  • Gloria

    I know kids who can write better raps than Cardi and her team. Her music is not unprecedented material but this is what the masses praise and the standards they upheld ??????????

  • Mielle Downey

    If Retardi B could put together a coherent sentence it would be unbelieveable.

  • Mielle Downey

    If it was Tiny getting the award that would be believable but this ish right here is a joke. And Tiny can hardly put sentence together. Lmaooooo

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Stop playing??? Heiress is too cute Grand Rising Yall

  • TriniHarlem

    Not surprising we live in opposite world so this goes right along with it.

  • Coy little wink


    Heiress is too cute!! Meh to all the rest

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Does Coach K have a twin? I swear this man delivered packages to my office yesterday! auhhhh Mean!!! DOPPELGANGER!!!!!!

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Nothing and I do mean NOTHING gets folks madder than when I point out Lauryn most likely aint write them songs. Only one I think she wrote is "That Thing". Its the only one she performs even remotely in its original form. And its sped up so damn fast its BARELY even THAT.

    Give Belcalis her damn award jack! Shit.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    If Retardi B

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Tiny non sentence putting together ass has an ASCAP already. 2 of them I think.

  • Let them eat cake

    i really would like to know how cardi keeps getting away with everything. its truly baffling. she admitted out of her own mouth that she doesnt write her own music yet still gets rewarded. i want to know what shes doing to stay winning both literally and figuretively

  • Tinytoon

    They pass out awards to any d@mn body. You get an award, ou get an award.....In my Oprah Winfrey's voice.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Rofl ... I feel ya bew ... I feel ya !!!

  • GAPeach

    How do you wipe your ass with nails like that?

  • GAPeach

    And Tiny can hardly put sentence together.

    Read that back to yourself. You were making a slight on her vocabulary, while making mistakes in yours. Stop trying to demean people over petty ish.

  • Ghetto Real Name

    SIS. They sure damn it DO!

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    A clown at a clown award with other clowns

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Ghetto Real Name

    That lil Sunshine is gettin it!!!!

  • oshh16

    This has to be a joke.
    Cardi has her audience and so does all the other ratchet girls but I remember when intelligence, cleverness and wit were requirements for the lyrics of an MC.

  • Renee26

    Please let Messiah be 18... I accidentally zoomed in on the pic to see if my eyes were deceiving me ?

  • Skin Deep Beauty


  • Renee26

    He's kinda handsome

  • Renee26

    Co-writing counts

  • Renee26

    The voice of the culture chile smdh

  • Renee26

    Neyo and his boyfriend look cute together!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Right.. I THOUGHT THE TROLLOP HAD Dr's ORDERS TO sit TF down for a few months. I guess these were DOCTURED AND NOT DOCTORS ORDERS!

  • Meagan Good’s Eyebrows

    I see T.I. brought out his intelligent nigga glasses. & that’s nice they gave him an award for goin hard on ig. He wants to be of substance so bad but unfortunately his rampant cheating makes ppl give him the side eye

  • IAmLegend


  • OvertheMississippi

    AND, a grand jury just indicted her on two felony counts!!

  • OvertheMississippi

    She's yet to "upset" The Right/Wrong One(s)!

  • Listen2Me

    You’re safe...barely..he’s 19. ??

  • OvertheMississippi

    She sure is and sure does.

  • Listen2Me

    The 1st picture with T.I. and Heiress is so cute. Looks like she’s thinking...oh no, here he go using these big azz words again. ?

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    STFU.. her point was made... auto correct sometimes fuxs up. Just like Tiny funny looking azz went to the surgeon to fix her pigly looks that her BIOLOGICALNESS didn't afford her AT BIRTH.. Now police my mistakes and go kiss Cliffords herpes sore.. COME FOR ME IDGAF CAUSE THIS CYBER WORLD AND YOU CAN'T TOUCH ME!

  • Pamela

    One hopes she writes better than she speaks. Did she graduate high school?

  • imright

    ??? SONG WRITER OF THE YEARRRRRR ?!?!?!!?!?!? *Big Draco Voice

  • Mielle Downey

    Spell check auto corrects but you seem to get the jest of what I said. Tiny has a limited vocabulary and so does Rhetardi B. Eff your feelings and gtfoh with your sensitive behind. The fact is you know they are both not the sharpest tools in the shed is telling but you came for me for a spelling error?

  • tintin

    cardi looks preggers in that dress.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Cardi has charted well, album still up on the charts, but songwriter of the year would never have entered my mind!

    Congratulations to Cardi and my condolences to lost art forms!


    Music is quite lacking, disposable, rehashed, sampled, culturally appropriated, not uplifting or edifying, trendy, and songwriting isn’t timeless and classic anymore, like 90’s R&B, 80’s, 70’s or 60’s!

  • tintin

    if she puts on the word such a "bitch" "huh" "oww" on any song
    she a co-writer so she is unfortunately deserving of the award.

  • Pamela

    Some of the greatest songwriters: Prince, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Smokie Robinson, Bob Dylan, and now...Cardie B

  • RealATLPeach36


  • Sassie

    I understand Cardi is popular and people like her songs...but songwriter of the YEAR with only one album out? She's only been on the scene for 5 would she get an honor like that so soon? Does she even write her own songs for real? Who is this girl fucking in the industry other than ho ass Offset? She's blowing up way too fast for no justifiable reason. She's not even talented for real.

  • datjerk

    Oh yea?

  • Mielle Downey

    I dont think anyone of substance would want to admit to writing her garbage raps. Let her own the efferey.

  • Kanyade

    Already feeling the heat. It's hot in Texas, but with the humidity (thanks Gulf of Mexico), it's gonna be in the 100s today.

  • Sassie

    I've been saying this in the beginning. Whoever she's fucking with behind the scenes has major clout in the industry. I always wondered if she was fucking for tracks, too.

  • KcoolMuziq
  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Mind control over the Uneducated, non structered over populted HOOD BOOGERS! AND sadly GROWN AZZ "WOMEN" OUT HERE BOUNCIN, rocking to and emulating thus encouraging their own kids.


    Wow if they want there little award shows to continue to lose credibility they need to just carry on.. They are doing a great job.

  • Yardgirl

    Went to TX for the first time last year (San Antonio) and that shat was hot as heyl!! 98+ erry dang day. Really enjoyed watching TV in my hotel room lol

  • Renee26

    Ok whew... That was close

  • Trace da Ace

    Congrats to all....

  • Toni Toni Toni

    LMAO, Funny. You right tho. Hahah!!!

  • Renee26

    His boyfriend is very handsome too... I wonder if he has a single straight older brother ?

  • Toni Toni Toni

    Cardi looks Nice..

    Thats all I got. :)

  • Kanyade

    Yeah, I'm in East Texas, so humid all the time. Texas Heat depends, though. Dry-heat, Humid-Heat, Gates to Hell-Heat, etc. LOL

  • Khaliah

    If she's SOTY then I'm a poet because I know I can do better than that!! I didn't know she could spell, let alone write full sentences, and with all that profanity no less! I mean, she 's so inarticulate. All the great songwriters out there and she wins Songwriter of the Year!?!?!?! She must've done something really special for somebody, or something major is gonna be required of her down the road...she's got to pay for that award because it's so undeserved. Did they base it on her tape about her losing her gag reflex and her husband? I hope she's ready to pay the bill when it comes due! What award will she get for drugging and robbing men?

  • Khaliah

    Thank you on that last sentence!

  • Logan Roberts

    I have no words, just like Retardi B when she tries to speak, rap or write.

  • Yardgirl

    Yes lawd Gates to Hell heat is what it felt like to me??? LOL

  • Khaliah

    That's why I listen to the oldies. Those songs told a story. They had a beginning, a middle, and an end. Boy wants girl, gets girl, and either loses or marries girl in the end. These songs today are trash and filth--all about effing and nothing substantial.

  • Khaliah

    Did she go to school is the question!

  • GAPeach

    Bitch you STFU. Auto-correct doesn't leave out words that are supposed to BE THERE.

    LMAO, thirsty as fuck over here being CAPTAIN SAVE A HOE of the CYBER WORLD. Dumb ass.

    I guess I just found another idiot to block.

  • IAmLawlessBrooks

    Ent she doesn't write her lyrics? #Pappy-SHOW

  • Wile E. Coli

    She also won some other awards:

    Cardi has been indicted of 14 charges including two felonies, according to a report published Friday by TMZ. Police arrested Cardi B back in October of 2018 after she allegedly ordered attacks on two strip club bartenders.

  • Wile E. Coli

    she's just fat.

  • Janice Collins

    So i guess no one invited Candace Owens

  • MsSapphire9800

    "The first-ever recipient of the ASCAP Voice of the Culture Award".....Lawd he thinks he is on the level of Malcolm X..Martin L King...Marcus Garvey Jr...Langston Hughes and others. He is going to graduate to The Oxford Thesaurus and lite up Twitter and IG.

  • Clobaby_

    she look presentable here! The dress is very nice on her.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Well deserved awards!!!

  • Well$$Well$$?

    To be fair....A lot of rappers don't write songs by themselves or they have contributors. Karrine Steffans actually broke it down in one of her interviews. She said when you're an artist and your're constantly working etc that a lot of artist don't have time to actually sit and write songs...

  • Nik

    OMG! Stay hydrated, please!

  • Rayscoty

    Google search came back blank..

  • Nophace

    My first thought: Maaaaaan ASCAP has got to relax with the jokes!!

    2nd thought, who did her camp payoff for this award?!?

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Songwriter for like the whole year tho? Cardi has about 19 writers on all her songs. Chit like this is the reason people think rap music is dead! I like Cardi sometimes but honestly this is a joke and a disgrace to all the rappers who write their own lyrics. I understand that some people have ghostwriters but never once has any of those artist made a mockery of it like Cardi has. Music, Charts, Awards, Stats and Billboard is now a popularity contest. In this day and age I hope these artist realize that talent is not the game anymore popularity is. I know its early but I need a damn drink!

  • Maxx

    I am happy to see TI & Tiny still together & trying to make it work She looks gorgeous & he looks GQ, not to mention their adorable daughter. That's all I got.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Huh who.

  • bemetoo

    TI looks like a Leprechaun

  • JazzyBossyJen

    I know they lying...

  • Jackie Byrd

    That's exactly what I said all these awards shows are a big joke and popularity contest of who can pay a higher price financially and down the road do something in return for them. Just a joke now.

  • abby500

    Unbelievable. The day real music died.

  • abby500

    That’s coo.....Then let them get the credit.

  • missmiami305

    Pun intended right?????. Lawd when she falls it is gonna be one for the AGES and I want front seats??????

  • Guest

    Those nails are distracting af. How the hell she don't poke Kulture in the eye is beyond me. Are they press ons?

  • Vonda K

    I wish I could like this 1000x.
    Song writer of my the year.
    These songs contain nothing of substance.
    It’s pathetic! What’s sadder is the generation who think this the norm.

  • DroneRivers

    This is radio's fault for playing trash all the time and the listeners' fault for loving said trash.

  • Vonda K

    Some serious money is exchanging hands because no way this girl should be where she is.
    I’m not a conspiracy theorist but it makes me wonder....

  • Vonda K

    I’m have to a break from this blog. This is my guilty pleasure and the only blog i read. However, these post about my folks and their ignorant shenanigans are too triggering for me. My people, my people! Sigh ?

  • Trucie bedford

    Cardi? A writer? Where???? so they just giving out stuff to random ppl. I guess!

  • PrettyNetty28

    Yup !

  • Nina Ross

    She’s not black, that’s how

  • OvertheMississippi

    Mrs. Offset!

  • Kimberly King

    I like Cardi's outfit. She can barely speak English, so I know damn well she ain't writing her own music. She even admitted it. I personally don't see the big deal, but give credit to the black people who wrote for her.

  • dru and neil

    Now they are just rubbing it in and I’m glad. Black folks need to be more discerning who they give celebrity status to. She was good for a laugh but now she’s taking over hip hop?

  • dru and neil

    It’s like a bunch of teenagers decided who to give the awards to.

  • SandraRose

    They knew she wouldn't come if they didn't promise her the award.

  • Chipswife

    so they charging Cardi with 2 felonies for that strip club brawl huh? SMH

  • dru and neil

    The first thing I wondered was what has he changed, influenced in a profound way, organized? Lobbied for? How is he an “activist” outside social media? Why not Chance the Rapper?

  • dru and neil

    Well that’s a shame.

  • Ryan

    Bought and paid for. As long as her ignorant behind keeps drilling that ratchet image to our youth "they" will keep giving her as much money, fake awards and coke that she can handle.

  • Reenaface

    This since reminding me of Milli Vanelli and how fast they shot up to fame but came crashing down when it was discovered that they were singing to a back track instead of using their actual vocals. Different decade but the similarities though.?

  • Reenaface

    Thank God for the oldies!??

  • Reenaface

    Basically, he was given an award for being a loud mouth.

  • Reenaface

    I remember years ago when it was alleged that Christina Aguilera and Joss Stone were accused of fucking for tracks so it's quite plausible.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I like the ombre lip in your gravi. Tis all I got for this post..

  • missmiami305

    Imma need Cardi to get in the gym and tone those legs before she rocks that outfit again. She is too young not to be in tip-top shape. #judgeme

  • missmiami305

    Yoooooo I am so glad that I experienced an era of TRUE STARDOM!!!!! MJ, Whitney, Aretha and other greats still with us today and paved the way. Too bad their hard work is being squandered away by those who should be carrying the baton.

  • Bree

    Not offense to Cardi B but, I'm sure there was someone more deserving of this award. She's popular so I guess that's why they gave it to her.

    I love me some Tiny and T.I. (not together though) but Tiny is suited up and his wife's well um she looks more like a groupie than his wife. But that's just my opinion. Tiny still dresses like an IG model looking for a cheap thrill.

  • Let them eat cake

    i so agree.

  • Let them eat cake

    I do believe that she def gets down and dirty for fame...she doesn't seem to have a strong moral code..but even others that decide to do the same things arent always rewarded this much. i guess some folks are just chosen and i dont mean by the big God...the little god satan lol

  • Vonda K

    No telling what she’s being encouraged, and told to do?
    A few years from now she’ll be on one ?? those shows ‘where are they now’.

  • Li-Wright

    Interesting that she received an award the day before the indictment.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Cardi was indicted ?

  • RealATLPeach36


  • Rere

    This is just comical at this point...this is why the industry sucks now, just giving away awards...I don't think people will care about any of these awards in a few year's.

  • abby500

    Sandra.... Oh Sandra.... u listening? Ur credibility is in the trash ? by you ignoring the fact that ReTardi B was indicated on 14 counts. C’mon lady we look to you!!!

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    That's the best Tiny has looked in a while. Glad to see her happy. Hope they've gotten over rough patch is over. Btw did I read somewhere that T.I. recently pledged to be a faithful husband to Tiny?

  • SandraRose

    Wasn't she just in court last month? Indictments were expected. That is not news. My 2nd post today was Cardi B. has a one Cardi post per day limit.

  • Jennifer

    Curtis Mayfield just did a somersault in his grave ?

  • abby500

    Ok... understood

  • jujumanji

    I feel a bunch of hating coming on. Smh. Congrats Cardi. She looks nice.

  • htxfla

    indicted *

  • MsChocCookie

    Songwriter??????? that’s some bullshyt smh

  • Prince Zuko

    Wouldn't you have to be a songwriter in order to win a song writer award ? The game is backwards let's not forget drake get 100 percent of his publishing when he himself don't write any of his songs either.....

  • Harley

    Hate or facts that she isn’t a songwriter

  • yvette46

    I'm so burnt out from Cardi!!

  • MRiGOThim

    Ummm, how Sway O_o

  • jujumanji

    Hate cause she doesnt hide the fact that she has collaborators. Unlike yall lying ass faves. Either way I said what I said-congrats cardi

  • don juan

    What a joke. Between Jennifer Lopez trying desperately to sing Motown hits during the Grammys and Cardi I can't spell or form a sentence B winning a songwriters award for R&B, it's a joke an UNADULTERATED joke

  • don juan

    Collaboration means you wrote something she did not does not and has not

  • don juan

    Rough patch?

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Yeah, you know. He cheats. They seperate. She does something to her body to try to regain his attention. The bloggers blog about it and we comment.

  • don juan

    She needs therapy

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Yes, you’re so right, Motown really told song stories! The state of black music also impacts our culture and relationships!

    They are no real love stories, romance, or empowering breakup songs! No “Forever My Lady”... I’ll Give You All My” Love” Keith Sweat, Joe, “I Wanna Know”...or Black Street kind of music, not to mention Luther, Barry White or Marvin Gaye!

    Thankfully people like Shonda Rimes and Bernie Mack really helped introduce old school music to kids and adults alike!

  • PYT

    They just completely delegitimized that award. Yardbird B can barely speak. Therefore, I know damn well she isn’t writing her lyrics. Not to mention, she has admitted to it. This is some £uckery. TI is not the voice of the culture.

  • lovelytori

    It's not hate. She doesnt write songs and she admitted it.

  • Harley

    You have NO idea who my faves are so I’m not sure who “y’all” is......

    You said what you said and I said what I said POOH

  • AListDiva29

    She must of made a nice donation to their charity of choice, because we know this heifer doesn't write all her own lyrics!