Grandmaster Flash and Betty Wright will both
receive Billboard’s Founders Award at the 2003 Billboard-AURN R&B/Hip-Hop
Awards show Aug. 8.
According to Billboard, "The Founders Awards
recognize artists for their achievements and influence on others in the R&B
and hip-hop genres, as chosen by the editors of Billboard."
Flash has influence the genre of hiphop since
the 1970′s, traversing the globe and spreading hiphop to the far reaches of
Betty Wright, who was also a panelist at last
year’s Billboard Awards, made her name with the smash hit records, "Clean
Up Woman," and "Tonight Is The Night," both of which have been
sampled countless times by rappers.
2003 Billboard Conference/Awards kick off August 6-8 at Roney Palace in
Miami Beach, Florida, and provides those seeking to learn about the music business
with networking opportunities and information.