ASCAP to honour Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and D-Nice
NEW YORK (AP):
Three acts who kept music alive during the global pandemic will be honoured by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) later this month.
The performing rights organisation ASCAP announced Tuesday that Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and D-Nice would receive the ASCAP Voice of the Culture Award – a thank you for creating the uber-popular virtual events Verzuz and Club Quarantine, which became cultural and groundbreaking affairs, celebrating music and community during the pandemic.
The hitmaking producers will be honoured at the virtual 2021 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, to take place on June 22.
Verzuz has attracted millions of viewers online, including Michelle Obama, and has celebrated the life and legacy of a number of black artistes, including Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Isley Brothers, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Babyface, Teddy Riley, Brandy, Monica, SWX and Xscape.
Obama also attended Club Quarantine, which featured D-Nice playing music live on Instagram while being stuck at home as gigs dried up. The hours-long set became a white-hot success, and as a result, D-Nice was named Entertainer of the Year at the 2021 NAACP Image Awards, besting Viola Davis, Regina King, Trevor Noah and Tyler Perry.
All three acts were honoured at the 2020 Webby Awards: D-Nice was named the 2020 Webby Artiste of the Year, while Timbaland and Swizz Beatz earned the Webby Crush the Internet Award.