The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is pleased to announce that multi-platinum award-winning superstar, CIARA, will co-host the 19th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards with ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman. The invitation-only event, which honors the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2005 R&B, hip-hop and rap charts, is scheduled to take place on June 26, 2006 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Ciara was recently honored with three awards at ASCAP’s Pop Music Awards, held May 22, 2006, for her chart topping singles “1, 2 Step,” “Goodies” and “Oh” from her multi-platinum selling debut album Goodies. After bursting onto the scene in 2004, the multi-talented star quickly rose to the top of the charts selling over three million albums, which produced three No 1 singles – “Goodies,” “1,2 Step and “Oh” – in addition to two No 1 collaborations – “Like You” w/ Bow Wow and “Lose Control” w/ Missy Elliott. To date, Ciara has received over 35 award nominations and wins total, which include accolades from the Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Awards, American Music Awards and BET Awards, to name a few. Ciara is currently in the studio recording her yet untitled sophomore album and, most recently, is coming off the success of her first starring role in MTV Film’s All You’ve Got, which was released on DVD on May 23, 2006. As previously announced, Marilyn Bergman will present special awards to LL Cool J and Bill Withers during the awards ceremony. LL Cool J will receive the ASCAP Golden Note Award, which is given to songwriters and composers who have achieved extraordinary milestones, and Bill Withers will be presented with the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award, which is given to ASCAP members who have had a major impact on the legacy of Rhythm and Soul music. “Top” awards will be presented in the following categories: Songwriter of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Soundtrack Song of the Year, Reggae Artist of the Year, Ringtone of the Year, R&B/Hip-Hop Song of the Year, Rap Song of the Year and Gospel Song of the Year.