Hosted by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning producer Shannon Sanders, the event will recognize each recipient for their contributions to music with a Rhapsody & Rhythm Award.
“Their artistry is innovative and influential, carrying an impact that can still be felt today,” sMAAM President and CEO H. Beecher Hicks III said in a press release. “The Rhapsody & Rhythm honorees span the breadth of African-American music, representing disco, Hip Hop and funk.”
Mr. Talkbox, Louis York and the Shindellas are scheduled to perform a tribute for the chief architect of funk, Mr. Clinton, whose career spans over six decades. In fact, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year.
Fatman Scoop and DJ Mars will pay homage to Fresh, also known as the “Original Human Beatbox.” Recognized as a trailblazer for the culture, he also was a BET Hip Hop Awards’ Icon recipient in 2014.
Gaynor, renowned for her hit single “I Will Survive,” will have Avery Sunshine singing in her honor.
The award ceremony takes place on Thursday (June 27) at the Music City Center in Nashville.