Atlanta rapper T.I. performed an energetic set at the Sept. 9 One Musicfest at Atlanta's Central Park. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC

T.I. to receive ASCAP's inaugural Voice of the Culture Award

Atlanta rapper T.I. will receive a special award from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers next month.

The 32nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards will bestow its Heritage Award on Motown Records, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, and present T.I., 38, with the inaugural ASCAP Voice of the Culture Award on June 20 in Los Angeles.

The new honor was created for songwriters and artists with a major influence on music and culture. T.I. (legally known as Clifford Harris), in addition to his business acumen (he’s the CEO of Grand Hustle Records and last year launched the BET reality show, “The Grand Hustle,” to find an executive for his company), is active as an actor (“Ant-Man,” “Takers”) and philanthropist.

His non-profit organization, Harris Community Works, has benefited the Atlanta community through several ventures. Every Thanksgiving, T.I. hands out hundreds of turkeys to seniors. He also contributed to Colin Kaepernick’s Million Dollar Pledge and organized a voting rights effort in the city. 

Other awards to be presented at the 2019 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards include ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song, Top Rap Song and Top Gospel Song. 

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.