2015 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards Honor Lauryn Hill, Timbaland, Jeremih, Kid Ink, Bart Millard & More! Hill Performs and Receives Prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. The invitation-only event paid special tribute to Lauryn Hill, who also performed a medley of her hits during the evening. Additionally, ASCAP honored the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2014 R&B, hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.

During the ceremony, Hill, a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, rapper and producer, was presented with the ASCAP Golden Note Award. The award is among the most prestigious honors that ASCAP gives to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include: Pharrell Williams, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jeff Lynne, Reba McEntire, LL Cool J, Jermaine Dupri, Jay-Z, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers, Quincy Jones, Elton John, Tom Petty and many more.

“Being creative has to do with having space,” remarked Hill upon being honored for her influential career. “I’ve always had family first and a support team to help me clear the road.” Then the singer/songwriter got down to business. As the ballroom crowd switched camera phones and bodies into motion, Hill — backed by a full band– launched into a five-song set that included “Ex-Factor,” “Lost Ones” and a vigorous “Everything Is Everything.”

The Publisher of the Year Award went to Sony/ATV Tunes LLC. Songwriter of the Year went to co-winners Timbaland and Jay Z. Timbaland, Beyoncé and Jay Z also received the award for Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song for “Drunk in Love.” Kid Ink and co-writer Jeremih walked away with the Top Rap Song for “Show Me” featuring Chris Brown; while Bart Millard was honored with the award for Top Gospel Song for “I Can Only Imagine,” (performed by Tamela Mann).

Read more about the ceremony at Billboard.

Full list of ASCAP 2015 Rhythm & Soul Music Awards winners


Check out Ms. Lauryn Hill’s cover of Nina Simone’s “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” to be released July 10 on the tribute album Nina Revisited: A Tribute To Nina Simone.


Grammy-winning artist Lauryn Hill graced the stage in Queens, New York, on Saturday as the headliner for the second annual Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Music Festival. … Hill’s voice stole the show. Backed by three female vocalists and a full band, Hill belted out revamped versions of songs from her “MTV Unplugged” special, like “Mystery of Iniquity” and “I Gotta Find Piece of Mind,” and took it back to “Lost Ones,” a fan favorite from “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

Read more at The Huffington Post.


On July 10, RCA will release a Nina Simone tribute album called Nina Revisited: A Tribute To Nina Simone, which will be released in conjunction with the forthcoming documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, which is coming to Netflix on June 26. Previously, Ms. Lauryn Hill shared a cover of “Feeling Good” from the release, and now, she’s shared the first part of a rap called “I’ve Got Life” that flows over a snippet from the Nina Simone song by the same name.

Read more at Pitchfork.


To accompany the release of Netflix’s upcoming Nina Simone documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, a number of musicians have recorded covers of some of the jazz, blues and gospel icon’s most memorable songs. The compilation Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, which is due out on July 10th, features songs by Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Common, Alice Smith and Simone’s daughter Lisa, among others.

The first to come out as a single is Hill’s sultry rendition of Simone’s 1965 bluesy vocal showstopper “Feeling Good,” which Rolling Stone is streaming exclusively. Hill originally agreed to record two songs for the record, but she became so swept up in the experience that she ended up recording six. She also went on to serve as a producer on the comp alongside Robert Glasper.

Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone Track List:

1. Lisa Simone – “Nobody’s Fault but Mine (Intro)”
2. Ms. Lauryn Hill – “Feeling Good”
3. Ms. Lauryn Hill – “I’ve Got Life” – Ms. Lauryn Hill
4. Ms. Lauryn Hill – “Ne Me Quitte Pas” – Ms. Lauryn Hill
5. Jazmine Sullivan “Baltimore”
6. Grace – “Love Me or Leave Me”
7. Usher – “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
8. Mary J. Blige – “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”
9. Gregory Porter – “Sinnerman”
10. Common & Lalah Hathaway – “YG&B”
11. Alice Smith – “I Put A Spell On You”
12. Lisa Simone – “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl”
13. Ms. Lauryn Hill – “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair”
14. Ms. Lauryn Hill – “Wild Is The Wind”
15. Ms. Lauryn Hill – “African Mailman”
16. Nina Simone – “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone


Netflix, along with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, paid due homage to the legendary High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre last night (June 1), screening the evocative documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? followed by a special performance from Ms. Lauryn Hill and Jazmine Sullivan.

Directed by Liz Garbus, the tragic film, releasing to the streaming service on June 26, traced the iconic musician’s life from her early days as a classical pianist and breakthrough success as a blues musician to her transition into a civil rights activist whose burning passion for justice through equality inevitably unraveled her career.

The screening was capped off by a miniature tribute concert performed by Ms. Lauryn Hill, a contemporary artist whose complexities and controversies rival Simone’s. … Hill was introduced by Jayson Jackson, one of the film’s producers, who warned the audience of her diminished voice. In the process, he revealed that she’d lost it while rushing to complete recordings for an as-yet-announced Nina Simone covers album that will also feature Usher, Robert Glasper, Mary J. Blige and Jazmine Sullivan.

Hill kicked off her brief set with a cover of “Ne me quitte pas” (which Simone covered on her 1965 album I Put A Spell On You). The hoarse Hill sang in throaty French, commanding not only the crowd, but also the 16-piece backing band with which she shared the stage. A synth-driven version of “Black Is The Color (Of My True Love’s Hair)” came next. Hill crooned and danced through the extended, jammy rendition of the song, then launched into a rap-infused version of “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life.”

Read more at Billboard and NPR.


Ms. Lauryn Hill will be presented with the prestigious Golden Note Award at ASCAP’s 28th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will take place on June 25 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.

Hill will also perform during the evening. … ASCAP president Paul Williams cited the eight-time Grammy Award winner’s “ability to push boundaries and capture the humanity that surrounds us,” adding, “Ms. Hill’s talent as a songwriter is undeniable and reflects her singular take on the world we live in.”

Read more at Billboard.


Ms. Lauryn Hill will play the Main Stage at the second annual “Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World” Festival on Saturday, June 20 at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in New York. Admission is free to the public, but fans will need to register online to receive tickets to access the Main Stage area. Tickets are limited.

The festival also offers VIP packages to buy a limited edition festival T-shirt, gift bag, access to a premium viewing area and more. All contributions are tax-deductible and include 1 ticket to the Festival.

Other performers will include Shannon Powell’s Traditional All-Star Band, Antibalas, Ozomatli and the Rebirth Brass Band.

Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World  Festival


When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah. Setting up a performance in the Palestinian Territory, at the same time as our show in Israel, proved to be a challenge. I’ve wanted very much to bring our live performance to this part of the world, but also to be a presence supporting justice and peace. It is very important to me that my presence or message not be misconstrued, or a source of alienation to either my Israeli or my Palestinian fans. For this reason, we have decided to cancel the upcoming performance in Israel, and seek a different strategy to bring my music to ALL of my fans in the region. May healing, equanimity, and the openness necessary for lasting resolution and reconciliation come to this region and its people.

Ms. Lauryn Hill