Ludacris, Ne-Yo and Other ATL Legends Kick Off BET Weekend
BET Hip Hop Awards weekend got off to a rousing start thanks to ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul team. The music-publishing group hosted a star-studded event at the W Hotel Midtown in Atlanta to honor the music legends who have given back to the Atlanta community. Those honored at the ATL Legends Dinner were ASCAP members Johntá Austin, Kandi Burruss, Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris and Ne-Yo. Also honored were music industry executives Shanti Das, founder and CEO of Press Reset Entertainment; Jason Geter, CEO of Grand Hustle; Kawan Prathe, SVP of A&R, Island Def Jam; and Devyne Stephens, CEO of UpFront Megatainment. Don Perry of Greenberg Traurig LLP accepted on behalf of honoree Joel Katz.
The evening featured music by DJ Don Cannon as well as special guest performances by soul artist Kyron Leslie and violinist Ken Ford.
The Atlanta City Council issued three proclamations in honor of ASCAP to Jermaine Dupri and Devyne Stephens to recognize their contributions to the Atlanta community. The proclamations were presented by Mayor Kasim Reed and Councilman Kwanza Hall. Nicole George, VP of membership – Rhythm & Soul accepted on ASCAP’s behalf.
The evening was presented by Lincoln MKX, who featured the new 2012 Lincoln MKX for honorees and attendees to preview. Rémy Martin and Red Bull sponsored the event.
Check out some of rolling out’s exclusive photos from the event.