Courtesy Nancy Byron:
PLATINUM, GRAMMY-WINNING RAP ARTIST CHAMILLIONAIRE
CHOSEN TO CO-GRAND MARSHAL NATION'S LARGEST MLK DAY PARADE
FIRST TIME THIS HONOR HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO A HIP HOP ARTIST
Houston, TX - In honor of both his career achievements, and his contributions to the community and the City of Houston, Platinum Grammy Award-winning rap artist, Chamillionaire, has been chosen as Co-Grand Marshal of the 15th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston; the nations largest MLK Day celebration. This is the first time such an honor has been given to a Hip Hop artist. Additionally, transportation for the State and City elected officials participating in the parade will be provided by Chamillionaire's well-known custom car shop, Fly Rydes.
The MLK Parade Foundation - Houston will host its 15Th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston on Monday, January 19, 2009 in Downtown-Houston beginning at 10:00AM and will be kicked-off by a Military Flyover. The parade’s theme, “The Color of Unity”, will emphasize cultural diversity and will feature more than thirty (30) award-winning marching bands from across the nation.
The 2009 MLK Grande Parade will be lead by The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Marching Band - Cherry Point, N.C., The Divine Land Marching Band (Chinese) - Southern United States, The University Of Houston "Cougar" Marching Band and The Willowridge High School "Mighty Eagle" Marching Band.
The Honorees for the 15Th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston will be recognized for their commitments to excellence in community service and will include public servants U.S. Congresswoman, Sheila Jackson-Lee and Houston City Council Member, Peter Brown.
The Co-Grand Marshals for the 15th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston are Platinum Grammy Award-winner, Chamillionaire, local businessman/philanthropist, Douglas M. Horn and Publisher/ Motivational Speaker, Dr. Anthony Taylor. The 2009 MLK Grande Parade will consist of more than 25,000 Parade participants and will have a duration of three (3) hours along a 1.5 Mi Parade route. The 15Th Annual MLK Grande Parade - Houston is expected to attract more than 300,000 spectators from around the country.
For more information on all upcoming MLK Holiday Events, visit us online @ www.mlkgrandeparade.org .
Hailed around the world for his major label platinum-plus debut smash album, The Sound of Revenge, the disc became one of the most influential hip-hop records in 2006, with the versatile Chamillionaire emerging as a mainstream multi-platform entrepreneur. The single and video for “Ridin’ featuring Krayzie Bone” became the most requested hip-hop anthem, soaring to the top of the urban, hip-hop and mainstream radio charts, almost single-handedly transforming the digital landscape. Chamillionaire was crowned the biggest selling Ringtone artist ever, with over 5 million ringtone sales, and was certified by the RIAA as the first multi-platinum Mastertone artist in history. His Myspace site has exceeded 15 million profile views, earning him over 4 million in digital sales, outselling established stars such as Nelly and T.I. In keeping with the outpouring of recognition, the charismatic performer beat out proven superstars 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and others for Best Rap Video of the Year honors for the groundbreaking “Ridin’” video, featuring Krayzie Bone, at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. In addition, the Houston rapper won “Rookie of the Year” and the prestigious “Alltell Wireless People’s Champ Award” (viewer’s choice) at the first ever BET Hip Hop Awards, as well as a nod at the American Music Awards for Favorite New Breakthrough Artist. In February 2007, Chamillionaire received his first Grammy Award win in the Best R&B Performance By Duo Or Group category for “Ridin’.” In 2007, Chamillionaire released his sophomore effort, Ultimate Victory which debuted in the Top 10 of the Top 200 Sales Chart and was critically acclaimed as one of the best hip hop albums of the year.
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