Whitney Houston will receive a posthumous award and the legendary and recently reunited Atlanta hip hop foursome Goodie Mob will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame at the 35th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Concert and Show. It all happens on Saturday evening, Oct. 5 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Sponsored by the not-for-profit Friends of Georgia Music Festival, Inc., the gala opens at 6:00 p.m. with a Red Carpet appearance of entertainment luminaries and Governor Nathan Deal’s Reception prior to the Awards Show, beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Atlanta’s revered television personality and community leader Monica Pearson and Robin Meade, HLN’s “Morning Express” anchor and recently released recording artist, will lead the fast-paced program of music and honors as dual emcees. The program and show will be televised live by GPB (Georgia Public Broadcasting).
“Hip-hop superstars Goodie Mob and CeeLo Green will be presented the Performer Award, while the trail-blazing KANSAS will receive the Group Award on the 40th anniversary of their music career,” said Dr. Bobbie Bailey, President of Friends of Georgia Music Festival.
“This year would have marked Whitney Houston’s 50th birthday. We are proud to confer the Posthumous Award in memory of this legendary artist. Her brother Gary Houston, a member of her ensemble for 20 years, will perform a special tribute during the program.”
The roster of inductees also includes:
• The Forester Sisters – Pioneer Award
• Non-Performer Award – James (“Alley Pat”) Patrick
• Pat Alger – Songwriter Award.
New performers von Grey will be presented the Horizon Award.