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$650.00 Table of 10



These honors, affectionately known as the "Skoole" have been established to salute the old school pioneers whose life's work has made a difference in the entertainment lives of our nation and the rest of the world.

According to Cornelius Grant, the event's executive producer,  "We have all been elevated by the passion and endurance of others who opened doors, laid down musical greatness or lifted us up in the magic of cinema.  Way too often such pioneers are forgotten, unsung or undervalued."  The Skoole is a way to pay homage to performers & entrepreneurs from the past and has established honorees from each decade from the 50s forward.




In the early 80s, industry producer and performer, Cornelius Grant formed The Siege Company as an adjunct to his work with VH1's founding producer, Ruth Adkins Robinson.  Earlier the pair had formed a song-writing team when Grant was with the Temptations and their efforts expanded to producing CDs for MCA Records, segment producing for VH1 and PSA's for their charity of choice, City of Hope.  In the course of their work, they traveled regularly to Europe producing videos all over in the continent from inside the Champs Elysee to inside a hidden cove in St. Tropez.

​Robinson spent the next years writing/directing and producing over 200 hours of television from the iconic "Motown 25" to six years with "Showtime at the Apollo." Meanwhile Grant was expanding his live show production and developing and booking artists. Two years ago they launched a new and exciting annual event called The Skoole Awards, dedicated to those who labor inside the the entertainment industry, often under-recognized and under-appreciated. After two years of highly successful events, it is the general consensus that the "Skooles Awards" is destined to become an important televised award show.






II once said to Cornelius Grant that I didn’t think he gave himself enough credit for his contribution to the music industry as a whole. At his 1st Annual Skoole Awards that he hosted in February 2011, I think he got a sense of what I was talking about. People came from everywhere to join him as he humbly acknowledged and celebrated many of the “unsung” from all eras of the Rock ‘n’ Roll culture. He’s the best at what he does, and the Skoole Awards has fast become one of the hottest events in town. Don’t miss it next year!!

Larry Buford

Music Writer

Mr. Grant: the Skoole Awards 2012 rocked on Saturday nite. The event reigned supreme! Thanks for the fantastic evening. You certainly know how to throw a bash! Xoxo

Joy Langford

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