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Bill Withers and LL Cool J to Be Honored at 19th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor LL Cool J and Bill Withers at its 19th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 26, 2006 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. During the awards ceremony, LL Cool J will be presented with the ASCAP Golden Note Award and Bill Withers will receive the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award. The invitation-only event honors the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2005 R&B, hip-hop and rap charts. R&B great Bill Withers has sung his way into the hearts of millions of fans worldwide with such memorable classics as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Grandma’s Hands,” “I Want To Spend the Night,” “In The Name Of Love,” “Just The Two Of Us,” “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Use Me,” to name a few. He has received nine Grammy Award nominations, and won three for Best R&B Song for “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Just The Two Of Us,” and for the re-recording of “Lean On Me” by Club Nouveau. He has received a Clio Award, two NAACP Image Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. His music and unique voice have been used in countless television and radio commercials, motion pictures and television programs, and his songs have been recorded by hundreds of artists from a variety of genres including Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Liza Minnelli, Sting, Will Smith, Lionel Hampton, The Temptations, Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger and Crystal Gayle, just to name a few. “Bill’s music and lyrics have extraordinary accessibility and universal appeal making him one of America’s premier singer/songwriters,” said Marilyn Bergman. “The ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award is an honor that he richly deserves.”

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