The Otis Redding foundation will honor Jermaine Dupri at their upcoming King of Soul Music Festival on September 8 and 9.
The Grammy-winning producer will be presented with the Otis & Zelma Redding Award of Respect for his decadeslong contributions to the music industry.
“We are thrilled to honor Jermaine Dupri at this year’s King of Soul Music Festival,” Karla Redding-Andrews, VP/executive director of the Otis Redding Foundation, said in a statement shared by Billboard. “Jermaine and his father Michael Mauldin have been connected to the Redding family since he was a young man visiting the Big ‘O’ Ranch with his dad. And we are so proud of his remarkable contributions to the music industry as a songwriter, producer, DJ, and entrepreneur.”
Speaking of the honor, Dupri said, “The Reddings and Otis III became my musical family before the world knew of Jermaine Dupri. While I understand the family is honoring me, in my mind I am also honoring them for all they have allowed me to do, see and be a part of at a time when they didn’t have to.”
In its second year, the music fest will raise money for the Otis Redding Center for the Arts, a youth education center in Macon created in honor of the late icon’s musical legacy. The festival will also celebrate Redding’s 82nd birthday on September 9.
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