Monday, November 17, 2008
And The Winners Are...
The TRUTH Awards has proven again to be one of Chicago most respected and supported events, even thought the red carpet event has not even taken place. I've received emails, phone calls and texts wanting to know the details of the show and results of the voting. Well, the voting site was overwhelmed as over 100,000 - exactly 106,489 people logged on and supported their favorite celebrated personality of '07/08.
The TRUTH Awards Winners:
Giving Respect to The Chicago Connect
Best Album: Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
Best Single: Ben One feat Shawnna - Never Leave My Girl
Hot New Artist: Ivy League
Hottest Producer: Terry Hunter
Best Radio Personality: Trey "The Choklit Jock" Morning Jump Off (Power 92)
Best Radio Station: Power 92
Funniest Comedian: Lil Reel
Hottest Radio DJ: Lil John (WGCI)
Hottest Club DJ: Malik Shabazz
Best Party Promoter: Donski Entertainment
Hottest Neo Soul Artist: Kinki Notti
Hottest Poet: Mel Rob
Best Independent Film/Movie: Burning Truth (IDPH)
Best Gospel Artist: S.O.M.
Hottest Video: Stronger - Kanye West
Person of The Year: Barack Obama
Special recognition awards will be given to individuals for their tireless and committed efforts to the community and the industry.
Ms. Syleena Johnson: George Daniels "Keep it Real" Award
Herb Kent: Quincy Jones Life Time Achievement
The producers, writers of the film Burning Truth (IDPH): Donda West Artistic & Education Scholarship Recipients
Steve Hurly, Wayne Williams & Farley Keith in honor of 25 years of house music and their contribution
The TRUTH Awards Gala '08 will be announced in a few weeks, as well as the performance line up and co host for the evening extravaganza. This gala fundraiser will allow the winners, their families, friends and associates to come out, celebrate and be saluted for their success at this year's hip hop/R&B awards.
Tickets will be available for all who want to give respect to the Chicago connect, and tables will also be available for purchase. Sponsorship is accepted. Call 312.980.2681 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Presenting & Supporting Sponsors:
American Family Insurance, Walk Wireless/U.S. Cellular, RX Chicago (Chicago Department of Public Health), The TRUTH Magazine, Coca Cola/Vitamin Water, TRUTHBTold, PHLI, Stay Fresh Entertainment, Young Hustlers Marketing Team,
Break Bread Marketing, MG Media & Miles Media Marketing
TRUTH 4 Literacy after school mentor program & Hip Hop Against H.I.V. awareness campaign
The award show will take a different form over the next few years and if this format seems to be effective then it will remain the direction for the unforeseen future. Thanks and to all who enter this business, remember it's a business first and for all who continue to strive for greatness - step your game up! Peace, one love and I'm Carl West.