Ohio Hip-Hop Awards comingWritten by lilD | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year, music’s elite gather to celebrate their talent, and bask in the approval of their peers, whether it’s at the Grammys, BET Awards, American Music Awards or another nationally recognized award show. And while every Toledo artist sees him/herself on that stage, one of the biggest stepping stones is the Ohio Hip-Hop Awards.
For the last five years, the Ohio Hip-Hop Awards have given Ohio Hip-Hop and R&B artists, athletes, clothing designers and more the chance to be recognized for their outstanding statewide accomplishments. While the awards take place in Cleveland each year, the panel that picks the winners is extremely familiar with the happenings in each city. Besides having market leaders that keep the panel in the loop, the panel itself is rooted in the music industry and has a strong understanding of what goes on in the state.
The founders are not against having the awards in other cities, and one of the founders, Derrick McKenzie, said he “feels that we are getting the response from Ohioans to do so in the near future.”
If that isn’t enough, the ballot is not finalized yet. Until July 31, the public can vote daily at www.ohiohiphopawards.com for favorites in a variety of categories ranging from Best New Artist to Best Retail Venue.
But the general public isn’t the only way for an artist to make his/her way onto the ballot. There is the option of submitting a press kit (artists, if you do not know what a press kit is, you should consider sitting this year out) or sending in a video. For those of you who know what a press kit is, it can be submitted at email@example.com. Another avenue for an artist to be recognized is to perform at one of the showcases.
The Ohio Hip-Hop Awards travel to the major and secondary cities in the state to give artists who may not have as much exposure a chance to prove their worth. These showcases give the artist a platform to perform for his/her hometown, while impressing the founders of the Awards.
The winner from each showcase also gets on the nomination ballot and earns a performance slot on the show. The Showcase will be in Cleveland July 2 at Phantasy Night Club, Lorraine July 9 at Elite Lounge and Toledo July 23 at The Vault.
The Ohio Hip-Hop Awards will take place the weekend of Sept. 17-19 in Cleveland and will include much more than just the awards. There will be parties, battles, meet and greets, panels and a conference. McKenzie says they are always willing to do even more “if promoters step up to the table and want to do some unique promotions with us.”
The last person who usually gets the blame for one’s shortcomings is usually the very person who fell short. Regardless of how big or small the cities in which you live, the Ohio Hip-Hop Awards are the report card for serious artists in the Buckeye State. National artists have to compete for Grammys with all the artists in the country; why complain about competing with artists in one state?
The biggest argument is usually that the Awards are just a popularity contest. In some ways, they are. The most successful artists are in turn the most popular. One must be pretty popular for 10 million people to buy his/her album, and one must be popular to sell out shows.
So instead of complaining because the work wasn’t put in on your end, attend the show and the conferences and take notes. Be sure to follow the awards on Twitter @ohiohiphopaward for updates.