Awards And Honors

The 2003 Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Outstanding Achievement Award.

As a charter member of Kool & the Gang, Clifford Adams has received countless civic awards, numerous commercial endorsements, appeared in dozens of PSAs, been honored with Grammies, American Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, and Soul Train Awards. Clifford was absolutely a vital, necessary and highly visible part of all of these endeavors.


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Platinum Albums: Emergency (Triple), Celebrate (Triple), Something Special (Double), Ladies Night (Single)

Gold Albums: As One, In the Heart, Forever

Platinum Singles: Celebration, Cherish, Joanna, Fresh

Gold Singles: Ladies Night


Active in Civil Rights

Clifford Adams has been recognized for his work with all of the Civil Rights Organizations literally too numerous to mention.


Highlights from Selected Years:

  • 1977 – National Endowment Performance Grant
  • 1978 – Grammy for Big Band Album of the Year – Group, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Big Band – Live in Munich
  • 1981 – American Music Award for Favorite Duo or Group/R&B – Kool & the Gang
  • 1982 – NARM Special Recognition Award – Group, Kool & the Gang; Personal Achievement Award; Proclamation from the New Jersey State Legislature for Musical Achievements
  • 1983 – American Music Award for Favorite Soul Group, Kool & the Gang; International Jazz Poll: Placed 3rd in the Trombone category
  • 1984 – Grammy for The Power and The Glory (Album), and Reggae Nights (Song), Jimmy Cliff; BMI Award for The Most Performed Song of the Year (“Joanna”), co-written with Kool & the Gang
  • 1985 – Tokyo Music Festival Grand Prize for “Cherish” with Kool & the Gang
  • 1986 – American Music Award for Favorite Album-Soul/R&B, Kool & the Gang
  • 1987 – American Music Award for Favorite Video Group-Soul/R&B, Kool & the Gang; Grammy Nomination Certificate for the song “You Are the One”; Group, Kool & the Gang
Darshan’s Love // Clifford Adams - Master Power
  1. Darshan’s Love // Clifford Adams - Master Power
  2. I Can’t Get Started // Clifford Adams - Master Power
  3. Graceful Feeling // Clifford Adams - Master Power
  4. Renatyah // Clifford Adams - Master Power
  5. The Lord is Always With Them (for Ravi and Farid) // Clifford Adams - Master Power
  6. With His Grace // Clifford Adams - Master Power
  7. Walkin // Clifford Adams - Master Power
  8. Suite Elixir of Life // Clifford Adams - Master Power
  9. Precious Jewel // Clifford Adams - Master Power
  10. Master Power // Clifford Adams - Master Power
  11. I Just Stepped into Your Soul to say hello // Clifford Adams - Master Power