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Exclusive Details: Jermaine Dupri Talks Jagged Edge, Ne-Yo Dishes On Forthcoming Album

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After five successful studio albums, multiple Grammy wins and dozens of hit singles, Ne-Yo officially became the recipient of ASCAP’s Golden Note Award.

During Thursday night’s 27th annul ASCAP Rhythm and Soul event, the singer took home the coveted award which recognizes songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones.

“I am  not worthy of this award, but I got some work to do so I can be worthy of this award,” the r&b stud told HipHollywood while on the red carpet.

The decoration comes ahead of the signer’s forthcoming sixth studio album, Non Fiction. “We are shooting for a September release,” the singer shared with us. “Every song on the album is a true story. This album is a rebirth of story telling, I’m one of the last great story tellers on the face of this planet so this album is just putting a magnifying glass on that fact.”

Some of the evening’s other top honorees included Mike Will Made It and Jermaine Dupri, who took home the ASCAP Founders Award; one of the most prestigious honors that ASCAP gives to songwriters and composers.

“I think the most humbling part about is the names that gotten this award before me,” Durpi said of the past recipients, which include Ashford & Simpson, Dr. Dre, Berry Gordy, Diddy and Paul McCartney.

27th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards - Backstage

The rapper/producer, who was dapper in a floral, tuxedo jacket recently produced Mariah Carey’s latest album, is working with Bow Wow Shad Moss on new music and just rekindled his relationship with r&b group, Jagged Edge. JD and JE are working together again to bring fans an album we’ve been anticipating for years, J.E. Heartbreak Too.

“It’s going to be exciting. If you liked J.E Heartbreak the first one, you’re going to love this album. That’s all I can tell you,” Durpi explained.

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