Pharrell Williams Earns ASCAP’s Golden Note Award

Grammy Award-winning super producer Pharrell Williams will have to make more space on his trophy case.   The Neptunes founder is set to receive the Golden Note Award during the 25th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards.

Pharrell will be handed the acclaimed award during an invitation-only ceremony that will take place on June 29th, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The award is given to singers, songwriters, and composers who have achieved “extraordinary success.”¬† Past recipients have included¬† Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, LL Cool J, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jermaine Dupri.

“It is an honor to receive The Golden Note Award,” Pharrell said in a statement. “ASCAP has celebrated some of the greatest musicians of our time with this distinction, and I am humbled to be in their ranks. The work ASCAP has done – and continues to do – to protect and serve music creators is truly remarkable and it is a thrill to be recognized by such a respected institution.”

According to ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, Pharrell has made “immeasurable” contributions to shaping the landscape of American music, including his work with Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, and Usher.

“From the pioneering work of The Neptunes, to the success of both N*E*R*D and his own solo projects, Pharrell has proven his versatility time and again,” said Williams. “Pharrell continues to push boundaries and uphold his status as a music trailblazer. I can’t think of a better artist to receive this year’s Golden Note Award.”

Iconic music producer and past Golden Note recipient Quincy Jones will receive the ASCAP Founders Award during the same event. —Keith Murphy, CBS Local

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