Beverly Hills, CA – June 29, 2009… The legendary and always colorful George Clinton, principal architect of P-Funk, has been named the r ecipient of the prestigious 2009 Heroes and Legends Pioneer Award. Clinton will be honored at the 20th Annual Heroes and Legends (HAL) Awards on Sunday, September 27th, 2009 at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Other honorees include, Eddie Levert, (recording artist), Clarence Avant, (Music and Film Producer, Entrepreneur) Mykelti Williamson (TV and Film Star), Dennis Coffey (legendary songwriter, recording artist, and producer), and Maani Edwards, (V.P. Urban Music, Universal Music Publishing) (complete list of awards below). This years presenters will include Florence LaRue, Freda Payne, Claudette Robinson, and many more.
The Pioneer Award, awarded to those who forge ahead against all odds, is one of 9 awards bestowed upon individuals who have made positive accomplishments and achievements for at least 15 years. “I am thrilled that the Heroes and Legends Foundation is celebrating its 20th year, which coincides with Motown’s 50th Anniversary,” Founder Janie Bradford explains. “Pioneers like George Clinton and our other honorees, past and present, have planted the seeds of obtaining your artistic goals. It’s so wonderful that we can continue to honor them, as well as to provide scholarships for students to pursue their artistic dreams.”