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Cardi B Becomes First Female Rapper Named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year

Cardi B Crowned Songwriter of the Year at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

Cardi B wins Songwriter of the Year at the 2019 'ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards'

Cardi B speaks at the 2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on June 20, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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.

Cardi B heads into BET Awards weekend already a winner. She became the first female rapper to be named Songwriter of the Year during ASCAP’s 34th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. last night (June 20).

Honored earlier in the evening for her songwriting on such most-performed ASCAP songs as "Bartier Cardi" featuring 21 Savage, “Ring” featuring Kehlani and "I Like It," Cardi B held the rapt attention of a cheering audience inside the Beverly Wilshire Hotel ballroom.

"I just want to say I’m very grateful,' Cardi B began after accepting the award from ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. “Sometimes I feel like I’m not doing too much because when it comes to female rappers, it’s like you’re never doing too much or they’re always pitting you against another female rapper. People on my team are like 'Cardi, you’re crazy. You won a Grammy. Cardi, all your songs are charting.’

“[With] everybody saying I’m not this or that,” she continued, “sometimes I gotta see it and feel it for myself because it’s hard. Everybody always wants to say I made it because of this or made it because of that. I made it because I worked my ass off… Thank you very much, ASCAP. This is an honor for me."


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