The stage was set, the lights were lit and the room was full of anticipation.
On November 18th at the fabulous New World Stage in New York City, the third annual Global Spin Award housed some of the most talented individuals in the music industry. This award show is unlike any of its kind as it transfers the spotlight from the artist to the DJ. Many in attendance gave praise to the tireless works of the men and women behind the music alongside.
This year's show was televised for the first time by one of music's icons, Sean "Diddy" Combs Revolt network and was hosted by the beautiful LaLa Anthony whose career began as a DJ.
It was a night to celebrate the backbone of the music industry, the DJ's. Many of the celebrity guests, which include Kevin Liles, Neyo, MC Lyte, and many more gave thanks and appreciation to all the resilient hard working DJ's around the globe. Everyone involved in the nights events expressed their admiration and gratitude for the founder and creator of the Global Spin Awards, Shawn Prez. Subsequently to Swizz Beats impromptu DJ set, he announced his donation of $100,000 towards next years awards.
The two major awakenings I had experienced at the Global Spin Awards:
1. Life will challenge your persistence in your passion. Make sure you are always pushing forward even when no one is watching. Giving up is never an option. You only fail when you quit.
2. Do something you love everyday. You must take the time to do things you enjoy. Everyday ask yourself two questions. First, "Did I have any fun pursuing my passion today?" Second, "Did I get anything done today to fulfill my purpose?"
The attendees and the stars of the Global Spin Awards all had two things in common resilencey and persistence. If you can answer both questions positively daily, then congratulations you are on the road to success and being celebrating because you never gave in and you never gave up.
Overall The Global Spin Awards was a night to celebrate and acknowledge the world's most gifted DJ's who have contributed to music and provide them the credit they are due. I am in anticipation of The Global Spin Award 2015.
FULL LIST OF 2014 GSA WINNERS:
1. DJ Of The Year - DJ MUSTARD
2. National Club DJ Of The Year - DJ VICE
3. Regional Club DJ Of The Year (Northeast) - DJ QUICKSILVA
4. Regional Club "OPEN FORMAT" DJ Of The Year (Northeast) - JUS SKE
5. Regional Club DJ Of The Year (West) - MARK DA SPOT
6. Regional Club "OPEN FORMAT" DJ Of The Year (West) - JUSTIN CREDIBLE
7. DJ Producer OF The Year - DJ MUSTARD
8. DJ Album Of The Year" - DJ KHALED "SUFFERING FROM SUCCESS'
9. Reggae DJ Of The Year - DJ NORIE
10. EDM DJ Of The Year - DIPLO
11. Celebrity DJ Of The Year - JERMAINE DUPRI
12. DJ Remixer Of The Year - TED SMOOTH
13. Online/Satellite Radio DJ Of The Year - DJ WHOO KID
14. National Mixtape DJ Of The Year - DJ DRAMA
15. National Mixshow DJ Of The Year - DJ ENVY
16. Regional Mixshow DJ Of The Year (South) - DJ DRAMA
17. Regional Mixshow DJ Of The Year (Midwest) - DJ 33 1/3
18. Regional Mixshow DJ Of The Year (West) - DJ FELLI FEL
19. Regional Mixshow DJ Of The Year (Northeast) - DJ SELF
20. Latin DJ Of The Year - DJ CAMILO
21. Online Record Breakers - BOTTOM FEEDERS
22. DJ Entrepreneur - IRIE
23. Female DJ Of The Year - DJ CARISMA
24. Regional Club DJ Of The Year (South) - INFAMOUS
25. Breakthrough DJ Of The Year - DJ MUSTARD
26. Breakthrough "OPEN FORMAT" DJ Of The Year - DJ TRAUMA
27. International DJ Of The Year - TIM WESTWOOD
28. Turntablist DJ Of The Year - DJ SCRATCH
29. Regional Club DJ Of The Year (Midwest) - STEPH FLOSS
Special thanks Raina Faisca (The Hostess With The Mostest @rain711) for attending and supporting in delivering the content for this post.