DJ Mustard, DJ Khaled, Jermaine Dupri, DJ Envy, DJ Scratch, Diplo Among Winners It was a cold night in New York City, but the third annual Global Spin Awards heated things up at New World Stages.
Some of the hottest DJs across the globe were in attendance for the ceremony, which honored and recognized the world’s most dynamic and talented DJs for their contribution to the culture of music and entertainment. The message of the evening was that these men and women are the backbone of the music industry and need to be celebrated as much as the emcees and artists who are more often in the forefront. The party starts with the DJ, and the DJ brings new music to the people.
The show started off with DJ sets from AraabMuzik and Z Trip (with violinist Damien Escobar), before host LaLa Anthony came on stage to begin giving out awards. DJs continued to perform sporadically throughout the night with showcases from DJ Mustard, Rakim, Das EFX, Nice and Smooth, O.T. Genasis, and Busta Rhymes as well as a surprise set from Swizz Beatz.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, whose company REVOLT broadcast the event, was one of the first presenters. He waxed nostalgic about his beginnings in the industry and paid respect for the DJ who “saved my life,” DJ Red Alert. Other presenters on deck were Adam Richman (Man vs. Food), Michael Rapaport (directed documentary on hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest), MC Lyte, Ne Yo, Remy Ma, and Po Johnson, among others.
The vibe of the show was pure positivity and respect. Award winners thanked the DJs that came before them and preached about the power of the DJ’s platform. Many of them also thanked Global Spin Awards creator Shawn Prez for putting the show together and providing an outlet for celebrating their craft. Swizz Beats even announced that he planned to donate $100,000 to keep the awards show alive.
Full List of 2014 Global Spin Awards Winners
DJ Of The Year – DJ MUSTARD National Club DJ Of The Year – DJ VICE Regional Club DJ Of The Year (Northeast) – DJ QUICKSILVA Regional Club “OPEN FORMAT” DJ Of The Year (Northeast) – JUS SKE Regional Club DJ Of The Year (West) – MARK DA SPOT Regional Club “OPEN FORMAT” DJ Of The Year (West) – JUSTIN CREDIBLE DJ Producer OF The Year – DJ MUSTARD DJ Album Of The Year” – DJ KHALED “SUFFERING FROM SUCCESS’ Reggae DJ Of The Year – DJ NORIE EDM DJ Of The Year – DIPLO Celebrity DJ Of The Year – JERMAINE DUPRI DJ Remixer Of The Year – TED SMOOTH Online/Satellite Radio DJ Of The Year – DJ WHOO KID National Mixtape DJ Of The Year – DJ DRAMA National Mixshow DJ Of The Year – DJ ENVY Regional Mixshow DJ Of The Year (South) – DJ DRAMA Regional Mixshow DJ Of The Year (Midwest) – DJ 33 1/3 Regional Mixshow DJ Of The Year (West) – DJ FELLI FEL Regional Mixshow DJ Of The Year (Northeast) – DJ SELF Latin DJ Of The Year – DJ CAMILO DJ Entrepreneur – IRIE Female DJ Of The Year – DJ CARISMA Regional Club DJ Of The Year (South) – INFAMOUS Breakthrough DJ Of The Year – DJ MUSTARD Breakthrough “OPEN FORMAT” DJ Of The Year – DJ TRAUMA International DJ Of The Year – TIM WESTWOOD Turntablist DJ Of The Year – DJ SCRATCH Regional Club DJ Of The Year (Midwest) – STEPH FLOSS Breakthrough DJ OTY