Ozone Awards And TJ's DJ's Conference Join Forces, Gear Up For Miami Takeover
The two events will come together August 10-13. TJ's DJ's "Tastemakers Only" conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and will lead up to the Second Annual Ozone Awards, going down on August 13 at the James L. Knight Center.
The "Tastemaker's Only" conference, founded by music industry veteran Thomas "TJ" Chapman, brings together some of the music industry's top southern artists, DJs, record labels, producers, retailers and models for networking, panel discussions and sponsored seminars.
"Combining our events during one weekend of celebrating the success of Southern hip-hop sends a powerful message that Southern hip-hop is united and here to stay," says Chapman. "The South has given a lot to hip-hop music over the years and we are finally getting the recognition we deserve for bringing a fresh sound to the art form."
Expected panelists at TJ's include DJ Drama, DJ Khaled, CORE DJs CEO Tony Neal, Cool & Dre, Rap Coalition CEO Wendy Day, Polow da Don, Scarface, Too $hort and Rick Ross, among others.
Meanwhile, the Ozone Awards pays homage to, and showcases, some of the top artists and producers below the Mason-Dixon line, including Lil' Wayne, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, UGK, Yung Joc, T-Pain, 8Ball & MJG, Lil' Boosie & Webbie, Lloyd, Rich Boy, Too $hort and Trina.
Ozone magazine CEO Julia Beverly is hoping to eclipse last year's turn out and believes that partnering with the popular music conference will prove to be beneficial to all involved.
"We expect to double the number of attendees during this year's show," explains Beverly. "We were able to blueprint the success of last year's show and setup a bigger event showcasing the growth and impact on Southern Hip-Hop."
The show is expected to draw some of the South's biggest names including Lil' Wayne, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, UGK, Yung Joc, T-Pain, 8Ball & MJG, Lil' Boosie & Webbie, Lloyd, Rich Boy, Too $hort and Trina.
Fans can go to Ozone's website to view a complete list of nominees and vote for their favorite artist. For ticket information, please visit ticketmaster.com.