2008 Pioneer Awards


Special thanks to everyone who joined the Rhythm & Blues Foundation as we celebrated our 20th Anniversary during the 2008 Pioneer Awards at Philadelphia’s spectacular Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, September 9th

                   

 

VIEW MEDIA COVERAGE FROM THE LEGENDARY EVENING


The gala celebration brought together the royalty of Rhythm & Blues, including past Pioneer Award Honorees along with a veritable “who’s who” of the entertainment industry.  More importantly, the event provided an opportunity to support a compelling cause, as its proceeds will help ensure the continuation of the Foundation’s community outreach, education programs and emergency grants to Rhythm & Blues artists during their time of need.  It was truly an historic celebration!  Please visit our website in the future for more photos and clips from the 2008 Pioneer Awards.

 

The 2008 Pioneer Awards Honorees are:

Lifetime Achievement - CHAKA KHAN

Individual Artist Award - TEENA MARIE

Individual Artist Award - BILL WITHERS 

Individual Artist Award - SUGAR PIE DESANTO

Group Award - KOOL & THE GANG

Group Award - THE WHISPERS

Sidemen Award - THE FUNK BROTHERS

Legacy Award - DONNY HATHAWAY

Leadership Award - AL BELL of STAX RECORDS

The evening's hosts included:

DIONNE WARWICK

BONNIE RAITT

JERRY BUTLER

WAYNE BRADY

In addtion to performances by this year's honorees and hosts, the 2008 Pioneer Awards featured appearances by:

WILLIAM BELL

JERRY BLAVAT

GARY US BONDS

MAXINE BROWN

G C CAMERON

STEVE CROPPER

CHUCK D

VIVIAN GREEN

ANTHONY HAMILTON

MABEL JOHN

KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL

KENNY LATTIMORE

THE HONORABLE MICHAEL NUTTER, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA

JOHN OATES

BUNNY SIGLER

JUSTINE "BABY" WASHINGTON

CODY RYAN WISE

JAGUAR WRIGHT

BETTY WRIGHT

 


For additional information, please contact the Rhythm & Blues Foundation at info@rhythmblues.org or 215.568.1080.

 

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2008 Pioneer Awards Press Release - August 6

2008 Pioneer Award Honorees Announcement Press Release

Chaka Khan Photo

Teena Marie Photo 1

Teena Marie Photo 2

Bill Withers Photo

Sugar Pie DeSanto Photo

Kool & The Gang Photo

The Whispers Photo 1

The Whispers Photo 2

The Funk Brothers Photo

Jack Ashford (The Funk Brothers) Photo

Donny Hathaway Photo

Al Bell Photo

Bonnie Raitt Photo

Dionne Warwick Photo

Jerry Butler Photo

Wayne Brady Photo

 

SPONSORS

The Rhythm & Blues Foundation proudly acknowledges the generous support of this year's sponsors: