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Wayne Brady Joins List of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Show

The multi-talented Wayne Brady adds his name to a prestigious list of co-hosts of the 20TH Anniversary of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards Show, which will take place September 9 at the Kimmel Center of The Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The 3-time Emmy Award-winning Brady, host of the Fox Television show "Don't Forget the Lyrics, " joins previously announced co-hosts Dionne Warwick, Bonnie Raitt and Jerry Butler. Brady won an Emmy for his improvisational work on "Whose Line Is It Anyway, " and later added two Emmys for "The Wayne Brady Show." Brady's debut CD titled A Long Time Coming is schedule for release in September.

The prestigious ceremony will feature past Pioneer Award honorees that will be on hand in celebration of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's 20th anniversary. A partial list of confirmed attendees includes Betty Wright, the Delfonics, David Porter, Nona Hendryx, Sara Dash, Koko Taylor, Gary "U.S." Bonds, the Supremes' Mary Wilson, Brenda Holloway, Jimmy Scott, the Five Satins and many more.

"New School" stars such as Anthony Hamilton, Vivian Green, Kenny Lattimore, Kindred and others will pay their respects to this year's honorees in what promises be a magical and special evening.

To date, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation has honored over 150 R&B artists and songwriters in that genre.

2008 Pioneer Awards honorees are Chaka Khan, Teena Marie, Bill Withers, Kool and The Gang, Donny Hathaway, The Whispers, The Funk Brothers, Al Bell and Sugar Pie Desanto.

This year's Pioneer Awards sponsors include American Airlines, Amtrak, American Express, BMI, Gordy Family Foundation, Independence Blue Cross, Lowes Hotel, Music Choice, Bank of America, Philadelphia International Records, Universal Music Group, Jaguar, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Sony/BMG, Concord Music, Keating Construction, PECO. Media partners include Comcast, Music Choice, WRNB-Radio One, WDAS-Clear Channel Radio and XM Satellite Radio.

Media contact and press credentials requests: Jalila Larsuel of JL Media Relations, JLMediapr@aol.com, 626-398-5028 office or 213-369-4362. *PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE AT www.rhythmblues.org (See media only) or contact jlmediapr@aol.com.

ABOUT THE RHYTHM & BLUES FOUNDATION
Founded in 1988, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit service organization. It is dedicated to the historical and cultural preservation of Rhythm & Blues music. The Foundation provides programs and emergency medical and financial assistance to support R&B artists of the 1940's through 1970's. Founders of the organization included Ahmet Ertegun, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Dan Akroyd and many other luminaries who appreciate the value of R&B to America. The Foundation brings generations together by offering Rhythm & Blues-themed educational and community outreach programs to the public. www.rhythmblues.org



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