“Hip-hop – was set out in the dark. They used to do it out in the park.”- Mc Shan
Where would we be without the DJ? The DJ rocks the crowd. The DJ breaks the records. Most importantly, the DJ provides the beat!
Shawn Prez, Sean Combs and the Revolt family put together the 3rd Annual Global Spin Awards, held at New World Stages in Times Square. You know we were on hand to get the exclusive!
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Shawn Prez, longtime music exec, has brought the third installation of the Grammy’s for the DJ to New World Stages in TImes Square. LaLa Anthony was on hand to host this amazing ceremony dedicated to the DJ’s who continue to rock the crowd and shape the culture.
Per Shawn Prez:
“Throughout my career I’ve formed long standing relationships with DJs, and have always noticed the lack of recognition given to them and the roles they play within the culture, music and entertainment. The GSAs were created to fill that void and finally honor the DJs exclusively for their achievements, especially amongst their peers. Simply put, DJs deserve their own.”
Funkmaster Flex, Hot 97’s King of New York, was crowned the Legendary DJ Award Honoree. Flex, always working, was seen posing for pictures with legends like Chuck Chillout- who he carried records for in the early days of his own career, DJ Red Alert, and more. He also rocked the wheels of steel prior to the show’s start.
DJ Premier was crowned the Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree. Primo is responsible for more records than I can list, but a few favorites include “Mass Appeal” by Gang Starr, “Kick in the Door” by Notorious B.I.G., “Nas is Like” by Nas, and “Dwyck” by Gang Starr featuring Nice N Smooth.
I was fortunate to ask the legendary Marley Marl, last year’s Legendary DJ Award Honoree, “What makes the DJ so important?”:
Simply put, he said:
“The DJ keeps the MC on time.”
It was truly an honor to cover this event. On hand to walk the red carpet and enjoy the ceremony were: Busta Rhymes, LaLa Anthony, Swizz Beatz, Jermaine Dupri, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Self, DJ Drama, Marley Marl, DJ Premier, Remy Ma, Papoose, Ne-Yo, and so many more.
Check out pictures from the Third Annual Global Spin Awards:
Check out the full list of winners:
1. DJ Of The Year – DJ MUSTARD
2. National Club DJ Of The Year – DJ VICE
3. Regional Club DJ Of The Year (Northeast) – DJ QUICKSILVA
4. Regional Club “OPEN FORMAT” DJ Of The Year (Northeast) – JUS SKE
5. Regional Club DJ Of The Year (West) – MARK DA SPOT
6. Regional Club “OPEN FORMAT” DJ Of The Year (West) – JUSTIN CREDIBLE
7. DJ Producer OF The Year – DJ MUSTARD
8. DJ Album Of The Year” – DJ KHALED “SUFFERING FROM SUCCESS’
9. Reggae DJ Of The Year – DJ NORIE
10. EDM DJ Of The Year – DIPLO
11. Celebrity DJ Of The Year – JERMAINE DUPRI
12. DJ Remixer Of The Year – TED SMOOTH
13. Online/Satellite Radio DJ Of The Year – DJ WHOO KID
14. National Mixtape DJ Of The Year – DJ DRAMA
15. National Mixshow DJ Of The Year – DJ ENVY
16. Regional Mixshow DJ Of The Year (South) – DJ DRAMA
17. Regional Mixshow DJ Of The Year (Midwest) – DJ 33 1/3
18. Regional Mixshow DJ Of The Year (West) – DJ FELLI FEL
19. Regional Mixshow DJ Of The Year (Northeast) – DJ SELF
20. Latin DJ Of The Year – DJ CAMILO
21. Online Record Breakers – BOTTOM FEEDERS
22. DJ Entrepreneur – IRIE
23. Female DJ Of The Year – DJ CARISMA
24. Regional Club DJ Of The Year (South) – INFAMOUS
25. Breakthrough DJ Of The Year – DJ MUSTARD
26. Breakthrough “OPEN FORMAT” DJ Of The Year – DJ TRAUMA
27. International DJ Of The Year – TIM WESTWOOD
28. Turntablist DJ Of The Year – DJ SCRATCH
29. Regional Club DJ Of The Year (Midwest) – STEPH FLOSS
PR Credit: Austin Rotter 5WPR
Photo Credit: Vocab Magazine