The Rhythm & Blues Foundation will present Pioneer Awards to the Supremes, Del Vikings (“Come Go With Me”) and Dixie Cups (“Iko Iko”) plus Clarence “Frogman” Henry (“Ain’t Got No Home”), Johnny Nash (“I Can See Clearly Now”) and Koko Taylor (“Wang Dang Doodle”) at a ceremony in New York on Feb. 20.
In addition, the Foundation’s Legacy Tribute will go to Jackie Wilson while Dionne Warwick will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. George Clinton, the funk progenitor who fronted Funkadelic, and saxophonist Maceo Parker will receive awards in the sideman/songwriter category.
Honorees receive cash as well as a statue. The Rhythm and Blues Foundation was established in 1988 to promote recognition, financial support, educational outreach and historic and cultural preservation of rhythm and blues music through various grants and programs in support of R&B and Motown artists from the 1940s through the 1970s. The Pioneer Awards Program has recognized more than 150 legendary artists from the ’40s through the ’70s.
The event is staged as part of Grammy Week. The Grammys will be handed out Feb. 23 at Madison Square Garden.