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!
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:
In addtion to performances by this year's honorees and hosts, the 2008 Pioneer Awards featured appearances by:
GARY US BONDS
G C CAMERON
KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL
THE HONORABLE MICHAEL NUTTER, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
JUSTINE "BABY" WASHINGTON
CODY RYAN WISE
For additional information, please contact the Rhythm & Blues Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.568.1080.
Media Contact and Press Credentials Requests: Jalila Larsuel of JLMedia Relations, JLMediaPR@aol.com, 626.398.5028 office or 213.369.4362.
The Rhythm & Blues Foundation proudly acknowledges the generous support of this year's sponsors: