Red Carpet Fresh: V8ga's Red Carpet Review at the 10th Annual Carolina Music Awards
Written By: Anthony Hilliard
Content Edited By: Kimberly Knight
Photo Credit: Kit Marlowe of We Personally
New York, Paris, Hollywood, and Miami are a few big name city’s you envision when you think of networking and exposure. These places have flooded our television screens on many occasions. We’re use to watching artists being swarmed by paparazzi while maneuvering red carpets. I myself have daydreamed about what it would be like, how it would feel to be amongst the who’s who, and surrounded by the “flashing flashing, lights, lights”. A few days ago, if you would have told me that I didn’t have to hop on a plane or drive across the country to experience a prestigious award show, I would of called your bluff. Good thing I didn’t place any bets against the Carolina Music Awards, because I would of definitely crapped out.
This year’s ceremony marked a decade of dedication to quality showmanship of deserving Carolinian talent. Organizer Omar Mccallop ,along with his diligent team, have been working hard to provide a platform to celebrate and bring awareness to Carolina’s flourishing entertainment scene. It was truly an honor to behold such a diverse array of creatives infused together in harmony. From a networking point of view, this is where dreamers meet mountain movers and moments of the beautiful process are captured by media and fans alike. I spoke with Edwin Mitchell , Production Director, and was amazed at how much was put into the actual spawning of these awards. The knowledge and experience combined with the visible passion Omar and Edwin possess, serve undoubtedly as contributing factors to the success of Carolina Music Awards.
The red carpet truly served its purpose as it was trampled by a wave of entertainers and producers. Attendees were adorned in vivid fashion from DJ R n B’s two golden wrestling belts to elegant dresses like the one worn by Tiffany Ashton, the winner of the Best Female Country category. Nominees and winners, both past and present intertwined and mingled in front of the elaborately decorated Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Even though the temperature was a humid 92 degrees the crowd seemed unbothered and exuberant as people laughed, smiled, and displayed their best poses.
The doors opened and the gatherers occupied the venue. Seats quickly filled as anticipation rose. Surveying the lobby and halls, I couldn’t help but notice the positive energy and mutual respect for one and another. Encouraging words were spoken, hands shook, and well wishes were exchanged. The curtains went up and the event kicked off with a performance by Laure Nicole. Laure took home the award for Best Female Rock Artist. Spencer and The Lily Brothers won Best Country Rock Video, Krissie Kacey won Best R&B Video for “Turn Up”, and 9192 took home the award for Best Hip Hop Group. 9192 humbly accepted their award and seemed genuinely surprised as they displayed respect for the other nominees. The Best Rock Male went to CJ Bauckham, Best Country Male went to Tim Elliot, Best Country Band went to Reverend Ruckus and His Heathen Deacons, which some of the unfamiliar audience and I chuckled from the band name choice. The band’s humor during their acceptance speech was refreshingly charismatic and won the crowd over. There were several stand out performances between award presentations. Paige Johnson graced the crowd with a beautiful medley, and the energetic Amanda Pollard encouraged the audience to “Move” with her Bruno Mars cover. The night ended off with tough wins in the Hip Hop categories. Best Hip Hop Male went to OC from NC and Best New Hip Hop Male Artist went to Jooselord Magnus.
Even though there was stiff competition, the event felt more like a union than a rivalry. The Carolina Music Awards serves as a platform for exposure and recognition for hard work and dedication. It’s a mixing of demographics and a appreciation of talent. The Carolina Music Awards may not be considered hand in hand with a New York or Paris ceremony, but that’s all well. This point is far from a weakness. The longing for acceptance unites us as a movement and drives us forward. Talent is talent no matter where it’s displayed, and ten years isn’t luck, it’s a testament of enduring quality. One things for sure, there will always be travel arrangements and plane tickets purchased to attend award shows. The only difference is you can bet a lot more of those tickets will be to RDU. Its The Lux!! V8ga out..
Editor's Note: Congratulations on behalf of The Lux Blog to all of the nominees, winners, presenters, and organizers of the 10th Annual Carolina Music Awards. Thank you for inviting our media publication to your amazing event and let's keep rocking for another 10 years! - Kimberly Knight, Editor of The Lux Blog