Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, James Prince Sr. win top honors at 3rd Annual Go DJ Awards

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HOUSTON — More than three thousand die-hard music fans attended the 3rd Annual Go DJ Awards in Houston on July 18 at the NRG Center where top honors were earned by hip hop veteran Paul Wall, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Rap-A-Lot CEO James Prince Sr.

The always-epic event kicked off with an exclusive red carpet, featured electric performances and appearances by some of the biggest names in hip hop, and helped to build bridges between the entertainment industry and local business and civic leaders.

The awards show, which attracts music artists and celebrities from across the U.S., aligns with the mayor’s efforts to establish the city as a major hub for music and entertainment.

In his acceptance speech, Turner encouraged attendees and award winners alike to do their part in lifting up the city and supporting each other.

Other A-list honorees representing the local business and civic community included:  Ron Jemison, Jr., President of Franklin Beauty School; Isiah Carey, Reporter for Fox 26 Houston; Jeffrey L. Boney, Houston Forward Times Editor; NakiaCooper, CW39 Digital Executive Producer and Content Manager; and Lydia Harris, Co-Founder of Death Row Records.

Photo credit: Spillthatea.com

Photo credit: Spillthatea.com

The 3rd Annual Go DJ Awards was broadcast live by 97.9 The Box and included a tribute to the legendary Prince and a performance of “Hate On” by Jhonni Blaze in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Jaye Valentine and Jazz Anderson, daughter of VH1 “Basketball Wives” star Tami Roman, graced the awards show stage for the first time, along with many other up and coming artists. DJ XO lit the stage on fire with the performance of his smash hit, “I Just Pulled Off the Lot” to close the show.

The event was hosted by radio personality JJ on the Mic and MC Kane. Go DJ GT served as the official DJ for the event. Numerous special guests made appearances at the event including Slim Thugg, Zero and Kirko Bangz.

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Paul Wall took home awards for Best Video of the Year and Best Collaboration. Other winners included DJ XO for Producer of the Year, Dead End Red for Best New Male Artist, Necessary for Best New Female Artist, GO DJ Hi-C for Best Male DJ and Shauney for Best Female DJ.

Velma Trayham, the CEO of ThinkZILLA Consulting and the engineer of the awards show’s event management and massive publicity campaign, also received an award for outstanding achievement.

“The Go DJ Awards has become one of the most highly-anticipated annual events in Houston not only for music fans, but for business and civic leaders seeking to tap into the influence of the entertainment industry and reach an increasingly affluent urban demographic,” said Trayham. “Over the past three years, the event has garnered millions of social media impressions. This year was no different, as the event trended across all social media platforms. It was a stellar show and next year will be even bigger and better.”

The 3rd Annual Go DJ Awards was sponsored by the Houston Forward Times, 97.9 The Box, Go DJs Global, The Hype Magazine, Hip Hop Weekly, Diablo Loco, Death2Life Ent, Drink Houston and Kurt Agomuo & Associates. The 4th Annual Go DJ Awards is set to take place on July 17, 2017.

For more information, including red carpet photos, video clips, a complete list of winners and honorees and 2017 sponsorship opportunities, visit www.godjawards.com. Photo credit: Spillthatea.com.