Jermaine Durpi Honored For Lifetime Achievement
As well, Dupri is being honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) as Songwriter of the Year Award during the 24th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 18, an honor he shares with his protégé singer/songwriter, Johnta Austin.
In 2005, Dupri received the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award in recognition of his groundbreaking achievements and was named Songwriter of the Year at the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards in 2005 and 2006 for songs by artists Bow Wow, Mariah Carey, and Usher.
Recognition from both Soul Train and ASCAP come on the heels of Dupri being appointed president of Island Records - a new division of the Island Def Jam Music Group - where he will oversee their operation and lend his production services to the entire stable of music labels under parent company Universal Music Group.
The 21st Annual Soul Train Music Awards, hosted by R&B singers LeToya Luckett and Omarion, will be taped on March 10 in Pasadena, CA and is scheduled to air nationally in syndication during the week of March 17. Check your local listings for show times.