Tuned In to the Pioneer Awards - Tuned In

January 28, 2010 9:40:11 AM PST
This week Tuned In takes a look back at the Rhythm & Blues Pioneer Awards.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!

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

LINKS:

http://rhythmblues.org/upload/files/RBF%20Press%20Release-4-30-08.pdf

http://www.rhythm-n-blues.org/awards_2008.php


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