This Sunday marks the third installment of the Pittsburgh Hip Hop Awards, headed up by local promoter 360 Entertainment. The red-carpet reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Sun., Feb. 8, with the awards ceremony following at 7 p.m., all at the Hilton in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Billed as "The Biggest Music Industry Event on the East Coast," the event is being hosted by emcee Dana Dane. The Brooklyn emcee started out rapping in high school alongside Slick Rick, before releasing his debut album Dana Dane With Fame in 1987, which went gold. After stints on Profile and Rap-A-Lot labels, Dane's most recent album was 1995's Rollin' Wit Dana Dane, released on Maverick. Currently, Dane hosts a Sirius Radio program and is publishing a novel, Numbers, on Feb. 24 (read an excerpt here).
Awards in over 35 categories are still up for grabs -- online voting continues until noon, Sat., Feb. 7. So if you want to weigh in on your favorite musicians, producers, recordings and promoters on the local hip-hop scene -- or just have a strong opinion about who should be named the hair salon of the year, or pro athlete of the year, for that matter -- consider this last call to vote.
Tickets for the event are $20 and up in advance, $30 at the door.