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3rd Annual Ozone Awards Recap Posted on 08-13-2008

No Sleep Promotions
Da Cross, GA
The Third Annual Ozone Awards and TJs DJs Tastemakers Only Music Conference came to a successful and close at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston last night (August 11).. Celebs and fans came together to recognize the best and brightest in Southern and West Coast Hip-Hop, continuing Ozone Magazine’s tradition of spotlighting those artists - established and up-and-coming - who are often overlooked by the mainstream media. DeRay Davis kicked off the Ozone Awards. The Ozone’s honored winners in 32 categories selected by their fans via online ballots. Lil’ Wayne and DJ Khaled tied for the most wins, walking away with two awards each, with Wayne capturing the titles of Best Rap Artist and Best Lyricist and DJ Khaled taking the DJ of the Year and TJ’s DJ’s Hustler Awards. High profile awards were also presented to Rap-A-Lot Records founder J. Prince, David Banner, and T-Pain. J. Prince took home the Living Legends Award which was presented to him by the Geto Boyz, David Banner won the Pimp C Award – presented to the Trillest Artist, and the TJ’s DJ’s Tastemaker Award was presented to T. Pain for his trendsetting music and fashion sense. Banner deferred his win to Scarface, creating one of the most memorable moments of the evening. But by far the highlight of the show was a moving tribute to fallen Port Author pioneer Pimp C, performed by several of his contemporaries and the artists he inspired and signed to his label, Trill Entertainment. Rappers like Hezaleo, Eightball, Too Short, David Banner, Big Boi, Webbie and Lil’ Boosie all took the stage to perform some of the legendary rapper’s best known verses. Bun B addressed the crowd, while paying homage to his partner in rhyme through minor technical difficulties, urging the crowd to value their loved ones and their time on earth. “I want to thank everybody,” he said from the stage. “When your time comes, make sure that you right.” Pimp C’s eldest son and mother took the stage to a standing ovation, closing the tribute as pictures of the late rapper flashed on a monitor. Ozone Award Winners BEST RAP ALBUM Rick Ross – Trilla BEST RAP ARTIST Lil Wayne BEST R&B ARTIST Chris Brown BEST RAP GROUP UGK BEST LYRICIST Lil Wayne BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST Shawty Lo BEST RAP/R&B COLLABORATION Usher f/ Young Jeezy "Love In This Club" CLUB BANGER OF THE YEAR Webbie f/ Lil Boosie & Lil Phat “Independent” MIXTAPE MONSTER AWARD Trae MOST SLEPT ON ARTIST Z-Ro PIMP C AWARD (TRILLEST ARTIST) David Banner TJ's DJ's HUSTLER AWARD DJ Khaled TJ's DJ's TASTEMAKER AWARD (Trendsetter in music, fashion/style, etc.) T-Pain BEST VIDEO UGK f/ Outkast “International Players Anthem” DJ OF THE YEAR DJ Khaled BEST MIXTAPE / STREET ALBUM Tie: B.G. & DJ Drama - Gangsta Grillz: Hood Generals Chamillionaire – Mixtape Messiah 3 BEST PRODUCER Polow the Don BEST RAP ARTIST (WEST COAST) The Game BEST RAP GROUP (WEST COAST) DPG (Dogg Pound) BEST RAP ALBUM (WEST COAST) Snoop Dogg “Ego Trippin” LIVING LEGEND AWARD J Prince PATIENTLY WAITING: FLORIDA Brisco PATIENTLY WAITING: GEORGIA B.O.B. PATIENTLY WAITING: TEXAS Lil Will PATIENTLY WAITING: MISSISSIPPI Lil C PATIENTLY WAITING: ALABAMA Jackie Chain PATIENTLY WAITING: LOUISIANA Mack Maine PATIENTLY WAITING: TENNESSEE All Star PATIENTLY WAITING: CAROLINAS Snook Da Rokk Star PATIENTLY WAITING: KENTUCKY Hurricane PATIENTLY WAITING: CALIFORNIA The Jacka PATIENTLY WAITING: ARIZONA Willy Northpole http://ozonemag.com and http://tjsdjs.com
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