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Chaka Khan Receives American Society of Young Musician's Pacesetter Award

Chaka Khan was honored with the American Society of Young Musician's (ASYM) Pacesetter Award at the Society's 9th Annual Spring Benefit Concert & Awards on May 31.

ASYM is a national non-profit organization made up of entertainment and music industry professionals, as well as concerned advocates of the industry (including government and business leaders, physicians and academics), committed to the educational and artistic enrichment and advancement of this country's developing young musicians.

The Pacesetter Award was conceived to pay tribute to artists whose remarkable work has set the standard for others to follow; past recipients include Rod Stewart, Gladys Knight and Dionne Warwick.

"There are few things dearer to my heart than helping to inspire young musicians towards fulfilling their dreams and goals," said Khan. "I'm truly honored to be recognized by this wonderful organization, and I applaud all of their meaningful efforts.

The gala event's other major honorees were songwriter Diane Warren and Arista Records CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid, who both received the Musician's Advocate Award. Other citations include Macy Gray, Favorite Artist Award; Mary Mary, Favorite Gospel Artist/Group Award; Hanson, Innovative Band Award; and Rick Braun and Boney James, the All That Jazz Award.

Two years ago, Khan established The Chaka Khan Foundation to support a variety of assistance programs and educational initiatives for at-risk individuals, as well as to foster curriculum aimed at preventing racial discord.