With a vision to ensure Broward County receives the recognition it deserves, Next2Blow Entertainment (led by Ladi Zoe and OneWill) and Don Wand collaborated to present the 2nd Annual Broward County Award Show on December 19, 2011. Strong supporters of the nominees, emcees, hip hop and music lovers, and entertainment industry partners all came out to enjoy the show. Fashion ranged from super sexy to unique and individualistic to some of the hottest design trends. It was the perfect place to check out the best talent and connect with the influential. Tre Neal, CEO of Loc N Grow Enterprise, booked artist Kapo Mann on a show simply by networking at the event.
The wall-to-wall turnout at Café F.M.E. was a great testament to the talent and strength of the entertainment industry in Broward County. Started in 2010, the Broward County Award Show is designed to recognize the artists making an impact through their art while representing their locale. Also included is the acknowledgment of businesses such as barber shops, hairstylists, photographers and promoters that support the artists and provide opportunities to be showcased. Nominations are submitted by the people in the community and the most votes received determine the winner. When asked why he came out to the show, TwoShuk, VP of So Blow’d Entertainment, said, “I wanted to see the up and coming artists. I also wanted to support the CEO of So Blow’d Entertainment, Raud, who was nominated for Best CEO along with one of our artists who was nominated for Best New Artist.”
The show was co-hosted by the Best Host in Broward County, Stichiz of Stichophrenic music, and Mouse of Black-n-Mouse. Keeping the dance floor hopping was DJ Will D, DJ Fay and DJ Slick Rick. With over 30 awards and several performances, the program was jam packed keeping the audience entertained. Award categories included Best Promoter, Best Graphic Designer, Best Collaboration, Best New Artist, Best Internet Grinder, Best Street Grinder, Best All-Around Hustler, and more.
NXB Dance Group, a co-ed troupe taking South Florida by storm, kicked off the show with unrivaled dance routines. Followed by ‘Ladies of Broward County’, a power packed team of female emcees, who proved unstoppable, performed “Broward County All-Star Female Cypher.” Each team member was among the top three nominees for various categories and several received the trophy:
Miss Jones won Best Female Rapper
Miss Nene won Best R&B Singer
Stichiz won Best Host and Best Lyricist
Marcy Malone was among the top three nominees for Best Female Rapper
Italia Blaq was among the top three nominees for Best Lyricist
Miss Eye Candy graced the stage next and also received the Best Teen Artist award for her outstanding work. Closing out the performances was OneWill, singer/songwriter, promoter and all-around supporter of local artists.
It was a beautiful sight to witness the passion, dedication, pride and support at this event. The venue was filled with people who work tirelessly to contribute to the industry. One such person is Teddy of Star Quality Entourage who is instrumental in getting artists digital distribution deals, among many things. “I live in Broward and I’ve been a part of developing the scene. I’m very invested in the success of these artists.”
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