The entertainer will be collecting the awards for Song of the Year and Digital Sales of the Year for his contribution to Rihanna’s Work. The track is among the top ASCAP songs on the 2016 year-end charts.
It was in January 2016 that Stephens was told his Sail Away riddim, which was released in 1998 on his Pot of Gold label was sampled by pop singer Rihanna on her hit single Work, which featured Drake, offering a cross-pollination of reggae, R&B, pop and Hip-Hop audiences. Stephens was credited as co-writer of the song.
In April of this year he received a pop award at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Hollywood.
Work peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remained there for nine weeks, becoming Rihanna’s fourteenth number one single. The song was also number one in Canada, Brazil, Denmark, France, Netherlands and reached the top five in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Germany.
ASCAP is an American not-for-profit performance rights organisation that protects its members’ musical copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music, including via a broadcast, and compensating them.
After the awards function in London, Richie Stephens and his Ska Nation Band will embark on a fall tour in Europe during late October.