The Go DJ Awards, Houston’s largest music awards show, will be rolling out the red carpet for their third annual event at the NRG Center on Monday, July 18, and this year is set to be bigger than ever.
The Go DJ Awards (www.godjawards.com) showcases the best in music and entertainment from both local artists and nationally and globally recognized talent. This year’s event will be hosted by radio personality JJ on the Mic, MC Kane and Tami Roman, star of VH1’s Basketball Wives, and will include a special tribute to Prince performed by some of Houston’s hottest artists.
“We have an incredible show planned,” said Go DJ Hi-C, celebrity DJ and founder of Go DJ Global. “Each year, the Go DJ Awards gets better and better. It’s a must-attend event for music lovers, tastemakers and Houston’s movers and shakers.”
It was recently announced that hip-hop chart topper Paul Wall and VH1’s Love & Hip Hop star Jhonni Blaze have been added to the star-studded lineup of the 3rd Annual Go DJ Awards. Additional talent performing on the event’s main stage include S_8ighty, Just Brittany, Lil Keke, Jaye Valentine, Jazz Anderson and DJ XO, whose new single, “I Just Pulled off the Lot” is currently the number one hit song in the Houston market.
Awards will be handed out, based on the vote from the general public, for individuals in the following categories: Best Male Artist Hip-Hop / R&B; Best Male Artist Hip-Hop/R&B; Best Collaboration; Best New Artist; Song of the Year; Video of the Year; Producer of the Year; Female DJ of the Year; Male DJ of the Year; MC of the Year, Best Club/Club Night of the Year; and Best Hip-Hop Promoters of the Year.
The Go DJ Awards also honors local civic and business leaders.
The Go DJ Awards will honor Mayor Sylvester Turner for his contributions in politics and business. A highly decorated public official, longtime legislator and Harvard Law alumnus, Mayor Turner has previously received the Legislative Leadership Award from AARP and the Hero Award from the NAACP of Texas.
“It is an honor to pay tribute to Mayor Turner,” said Velma Trayham, founder of ThinkZILLA PR & Consulting Group. “He is a prolific leader who has left an indelible mark not only on the city of Houston, but the entire State of Texas. He has already established a tremendous legacy, and we know that he will continue to champion our communities, create even more opportunities and solidify a bright future for all of his constituents.”
Also being honored at this year’s Go DJ Awards are Ron Jemison Jr., president of Franklin Beauty School and star of the OWN Network’s docuseries Houston Beauty; Rap-A-Lot founder and CEO James Prince Sr.; Isiah Carey, Emmy Award-winning FOX 26 reporter; Jeffrey L. Boney, award-winning editor of the Houston Forward Times and media trailblazer; Nakia Cooper, digital executive producer at CW 39 and vice president of multi-media for the Houston Association of Black Journalists; and Lydia Harris, co-founder of Death Row Records.
Having recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Franklin Beauty School, President Ron Jemison Jr. is responsible for not only one of the nation’s most prestigious schools for cosmetology and beauty culture arts, but a long and rich heritage of entrepreneurship. The family-owned business, which was featured in OWN Network’s docuseries “Houston Beauty,” offers a comprehensive education, with one of the highest first-time pass ratios for the state board examination.
James Prince Sr. (also referred to as J. Prince) is the CEO of Rap-A-Lot Records and boxing manager to top sports talent to include previously working with Floyd Mayweather. With 20 plus years and counting, he’s worked to promote Houston’s rap scene and rap artist and is now making a difference all over the world through humanitarian initiative, working to promote underprivileged neighborhoods and communities.
Boasting nearly 30 years of broadcasting industry experience, Isiah Carey is an Emmy Award-winning television journalist for KRIV-TV FOX 26 News, founder and publisher of the popular blog Isiah Factor and host of both “Isiah Factor” and “Isiah Factor Uncensored,” also on FOX. In 2009, he was honored by the City of Houston with his very own day for his contributions to the local community. He’s also appeared on numerous nationally broadcast and syndicated programs including ABC’s “Blackish,” “20/20,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and more.
Jeffrey L. Boney is a media trailblazer who has earned recognition for his contributions to journalism, including print, television and radio. He masterfully juggles his roles as host of “Real Talk with Jeffrey L. Boney” on KJOZ 880 Radio, associate editor of the Houston Forward Times and frequent contributor on CNN Headline News’ (HLN) top-rated and nationally-recognized “Nancy Grace” show. Additionally, as founder and chief executive officer of the Texas Business Alliance, Boney helps small businesses operate and grow more efficiently through education, financing and other initiatives. He is also one of the founders of the Black Dollar Project.
Nakia Cooper serves as the digital executive producer at CW 39 and is the vice president of multi-media for the Houston Association of Black Journalists. Lydia Harris is the co-founder of Death Row Records.
In anticipation of Houston’s largest music and entertainment awards show, Mayor Turner has proclaimed that the city will observe July 18 as Go DJ Awards Day. The awards show, now in its third year, showcases the best in Houston’s music and pays tribute to local business and civic leaders. The proclamation issued by Mayor Turner commends the awards show for bridging the gap between Houston’s entertainment and business community, and highlights the event’s massive reach, influence and past all-star lineups
“We are excited to be recognized by the City of Houston for the success of the event by officially proclaiming July 18 as Go DJ Awards Day,” said DJ Hi-C, founder of Go DJ Global. “Every year thousands of music lovers come out to enjoy the show, and each year it gets bigger and better. We look forward to spotlighting emerging local and regional talent, and bringing some of the biggest names in urban entertainment to our city.”
Founded in 2014, the Go DJ Awards (www.godjawards.com) is Houston’s largest entertainment and music awards show honoring outstanding artists, music industry influencers and decision makers and local business and civic leaders. The event is attended annually by thousands of music lovers. The show was created by Go DJ Hi-C, one of the industry’s most highly sought-after celebrity DJs and founder of Go DJ Global.
This year’s media partners include 97.9 The Box, Houston Forward Times, The Hype Magazine, African American News, Hip Hop Weekly and The Isiah Factor. The red carpet kicks off at 6:00 p.m., with the awards show starting at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com.
For additional information visit www.godjawards.com