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Kandi Burruss Becomes First Woman to Receive ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Award for Songwriter of the Year; Grammy Award Winner's Debut Solo Album Due In September.

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NEW YORK--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--June 23, 2000

In recognition of her songwriting contributions to some of this past year's most massive hits--including TLC's "No Scrubs" and Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills"--the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has named Kandi Burruss one of this year's Songwriters of the Year at the 13th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. Kandi is the first woman to receive the coveted trophy. The awards ceremony took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on June 7, 2000.

"No Scrubs," which Kandi cowrote with Tameka Cottle (her fellow cofounding member of the bestselling R&B quartet Xscape), was named Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song at the ASCAP Awards. "Bills, Bills, Bills" was singled out for a R&B/Hip-Hop Song Award while "No Pigeons," a novelty "answer" response to "No Scrubs," recorded by Sporty Thievz, was an Award-Winning Rap Song. Kandi was given special recognition from ASCAP for the Best R&B Song Grammy Award she received for "No Scrubs." "No Scrubs also earned TLC the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group Grammy. "No Scrubs" reached the #1 position on Billboard's Hot 100 and R&B Singles charts helping to drive the TLC album Fanmail to the #1 slot on the Billboard Top 200 and Top R&B Albums charts.

Kandi first burst on the scene when she gave an electrifying performance on BET's "Teen Summit" showcase at the age of 15. She quickly went on to help found Xscape, the "million dollar girl group" from Atlanta, Georgia. The group's first single, "Just Kickin' It," and debut album, Hummin' Comin' Atcha were released in 1993 and went on to achieve RIAA gold and platinum status. The group's subsequent albums--Off The Hook (1995) and Traces Of My Lipstick (1999) have also been certified gold and platinum. In addition, Xscape earned gold records for the singles "Understanding" (1994), "Who Can I Run To?," (1995) and "The Arms of One Who Loves You." (1998).

Hey Kandi..., the eagerly-awaited solo debut album from Kandi, is due in stores in September 2000.

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