This year will see the launch of a brand new, and long overdue, award ceremony in the music industry, the Global Spin Awards. These awards were founded by Shaun Prez, of Diddy’s Bad Boy Records, in recognition of the unsung heroes of the music scene, the DJ’s. Shaun Prez came up with these awards because he felt that DJ’s deserved “their own version of the Grammy’s” as a way of exclusively recognizing and rewarding today’s outstanding DJ’s for their contribution to the industry.
(In the picture: Kenny Burns (left), Alex Gidewon of AG Ent(center).
The nominations and categories have already been announced for the event, which will be held in New York on the 19th of November, and with some top DJ talent filling each category its going be difficult to pick out the winners. Here is a quick look at some of the categories and the top urban DJ’s to look out for:
Breakthrough DJ of the Year
Four legends of the urban club scene will be going up for this one – Stevie J, Quick Silver, Holiday and Dimepiece.
Dimepiece is also up for Female DJ of the Year.
DJ Coalition of the Year
Nominations include – Core DJs, Heavy Hitters, Hittmenn DJs and Go DJs.
Radio Programmer/DJ of the Year
Up against three other very worthy DJs are Gee Spin of Power 105 and Buck from Hot 93.7 Hartford.
DJ of the Year
Out of the six nominees in this category we will be keeping an eye on New Yorks very own Camilo as well as Khaled, Drama, Funkmaster Flex and Irie.
Club DJ Nominees
National – Camilo, D-Nice and Irie
North East – As well as Camilo the other nominees in this category are Quick Silver, Self, Envy and S&S.
South East – Infamous and Stevie J
West – Marks Da Spot and Hi-C
Mid West – Sean Mack, Tim Buck2 and Dimepiece
DJ Entrepreneur of the Year
This category seeks to honor those DJs who have branched out and became businessmen in their own right and that includes Khaled, Irie and Tony Teal. Khaled is also up for DJ Producer of the Year along with Ted smooth.
DJ Album of the Year
More and more DJs are releasing albums these days and this year we get to recognize the likes of Khaled (Kiss The Rain), Statik Selektah (Stereo Type), and Drama (Quality Street Music, for their achievements.
Also watch out for Bobby Konders and Nore who are up for Reggae DJ of the Year, and Prostyle in the National Mixshow DJ category.
There are also some special honors going out to the best promoters, MC’s and celebrity DJ’s. Particular interest should be paid to the following nominees and categories:
Alex Gidwon, Hollywood Chuck, Headliner Marketing Group and Jessica Rosenblum.
Club MC of the Year
Frank Jugga, Obie the Promoter, Kenny Burns and Stevie J.
(DJ Khaled and Flex)
(Hollywood Chuck) (DJ Envy and Dre)
(DJ Camilo and Lloyd Banks)