Some of the hottest entertainers and hip-hop artists joined the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) and PHILANTHROPIK for a memorable night in celebration of the Hip-Hop community’s role in the 2012 Election and promoting political awareness. The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball II was hosted by actress and television personality LA LA ANTHONY and actor and E! News anchor TERRENCE J onJanuary 20, at The Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, DC. TAA PR managed media outreach and red carpet for this event.
The brainchild of event chairs Russell Simmons and Zach McDaniels, the HEINEKEN USA sponsored Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball was once again one of the hottest tickets of the Inaugural weekend, celebrating the hip-hop community’s role in popular culture and the 2012 election. 2 Chainz, John Legend, Swizz Beatz, Jadakiss, Tyson Beckford, Brandy, LOS, Tank, Lance Gross, 9th Wonder and more were amongst the many in attendance to celebrate the role that hip-hop played in registering and mobilizing voters during this election cycle.
The highly anticipated evening featured exclusive performances, reunions, unbelievable collaborations and great music from legendary artists including Hip-Hop DJ D-Nice and Hip-Hop Icon Doug E. Fresh and honored artists and organizations that have impacted and influenced the hip-hop and youth communities to be active, politically and socially.
Highlights of the program included a special performance by hip-hop violinist Damien Escobar from the group Nuttin but Stringz (America’s Got Talent), as well as a soulful rendition of “What’s Going On” by Wayne Brady with beat box by Dougie Fresh. Marsha Ambrosius dazzled the audience with “Butterflies and Charles “ROC” Dutton and Jadakiss gave a sneak peak at their new movie“Must Be the Music.”
Lifetime Achievement honoree MC Lyte was honored with a special tribute performance by fellow ladies of hip-hop Yo-Yo, Smoothand Lil Mama. The Human Beat Box, hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh received a Lifetime Achievement award.
This year, special acknowledgement was made in recognition of the role the Hispanic/Latina hip-hop community played in galvanizing large numbers of Hispanics to vote by honoring VOTO LATINO. Actress Rosario Dawson accepted an award on behalf ofVoto Latino, the non-partisan organization she co-founded to bring new and diverse voices into the political process by engaging youth, media, technology and celebrities to promote positive change.