This year's SESAC Pop Music Awards are scheduled to take place April 13 in New York City, and the music rights organization is building up to its 2017 edition with a blast from the bop gun: George Clinton, the legendary frontman of Parliament, Funkadelic and Parliament-Funkadelic (of course), will receive the SESAC Legacy Award. Clinton joins the likes of Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Paul Shaffer, most famously associated with David Letterman's Late Show Band throughout the television host's run at CBS, who have been previous honorees.
Clinton, at this point in his career, hardly requires introduction. As the mastermind behind P-Funk in the 1960s and 1970s, his sister groups and their respective approaches to their art forms -- Funkadelic leaning more towards psychedelic soul and gritty guitar-driven funk; Parliament taking a more bombastic approach led by keys, synths and horns, with plenty of overlap between the two in content and personnel -- helped both define the funk genre and re-define its parameters along the way.
P-Funk's offshoots and Clinton's own solo material through the 1980s and 1990s saw the collective collaborating with icons like Prince, Sly Stone, and Public Enemy and Ice Cube, which paved the way for Clinton's later collaborations with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, OutKast and more in the hip-hop era.