New York rapper Mims took home the top ringtone honor last night for his hit single, “This Is Why I’m Hot,”at the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards in Los Angeles.
The song sold over 1 million copies digitally and powered Mims’ debut album, Music Is My Savior, to sell over 300,000 units. “This Is Why I’m Hot” made its debut at number one on the Billboard Hot Songs chart after selling over 140, 000 downloads. The track also made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, jumping from number 32 to the top spot in one week.
Other big ASCAP winners included Timbaland, who won the coveted Songwriter of the Year award, and Fabolous (“Make Me Better”) and Robin Thicke (“Lost Without U”), who scored Best Rap Song and Best R&B song, respectively.
Timbaland produced Loso’s big hit featuring Ne-Yo, and also manned the boards for Omarion’s “Ice Box” and Justin Timberlake’s “My Love” featuring T.I. and “Until the End of Time.”
A number of hip-hop songs were recognized, including “Make It Rain” by Fat Joe featuring Lil Wayne, “Shawty” by Plies featuring T-Pain, and “Throw Some D’s” by Rich Boy featuring Polow Da Don.
New Edition was honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award that recognized their 25 years in music. The awards were hosted by R&B crooner Johnta Austin and held in the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Rhythm and Soul Music Awards honor the best in hip-hop, R&B, and gospel music from the year 2007.—Anthony Thomas