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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 extroverted half of lauded studio duo the Neptunes 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 29, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The award is given to singers, songwriters, and composers who have achieved “extraordinary success.” In the past, such music luminaries as Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, LL Cool J, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jermaine Dupri have been honored with the Golden Note award.

“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 ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams, Pharrell has helped shape the landscape of America music.

“Pharrell’s contributions to the history of American music are immeasurable,” he said of the eclectic talent who has worked with the headlining likes of 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. 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 during the same event. —Keith Murphy, CBS Local

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