“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:

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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


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

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