It’s that time of year again where we share what we felt were the finest moments in our corner of the scene. Last year, our awards returned from a hiatus and went off pretty well. We also added a Fan’s Choice vote and that is back again this year. Once again, several people took the reigns on this project in put in a grip of time to get everything pulled together.
Our panel collected a list of eligible music releases from the 2011 calendar year and selected categories for voting. Next we narrowed the dozens of nominees for each category to a shorter list of finalists. We had a few online and conference call debates about each category and all finalists. From there each member of the panel cast their votes for the top nominees in each category. Finally, we selected the winners for the 2011 Sphere of Hip-Hop Awards.
The panel considered many variables in our decisions. Each member stated their case for each nominee and even against. We considered statistics, sales data, album reviews and many other factors. In all, we spent about twice as much time considering nominees and winners as we did for the 2010 Sphere of Hip-Hop Awards. This year several categories were very closely contested while only a few others were a little easier.
There are sure to be differences of opinion with our selections. We want to hear what you think. Sound off in the comments area below and please participate in the Fan’s Choice Vote to make your voice heard (details below). You can also Tweet us @sphereofhiphop and use #sohhawards11 to discuss.
We welcome your suggestions for the 2012 edition coming next year.
Thank you to the entire panel and team of individuals that helped the 2011 Sphere of Hip-Hop Awards become a reality.
peace + blessings,
2011 Sphere of Hip-Hop Awards Finalists
Winners will be announced gradually between February 15 and February 21. Stop back for updates.
Person of the Year nominees
Matthew “Mistery” Peet
Album of the Year nominees
116 Clique Man Up
Bizzle Tough Love & Parables
Braille Native Lungs
Die-Rek The Die-Version Project
muzeONE Cold War
Shai Linne The Attributes of God
Shames Worthy The Album
Sintax the Terrific & DJ Kurfu Prince With A Thousand Enemies (Winner)
theBREAX Never Arrive
Song of the Year nominees
116 Clique “Man Up Anthem”
The Battery “Break” (feat. DJ Aslan)
Braille “Feel It”
Da Truth “The Whole Truth”
Eshon Burgundy “Close Your Eyes”
Jin “Shoot for the Moon”
Lecrae & Statik Selektah “Live and Let Live” (Winner)
muzeONE “A Grief Observed”
Playdough “My Cadillac”
Shames Worthy “The Anthem”
Sintax the Terrific & DJ Kurfu “Of Venison Meat”
Sivion “Everything Is Everything” (feat. DJ Because)
Tedashii “Dum Dum” (feat. Lecrae)
theBREAX “Perfect Storm” (feat. J.R.)
Theory Hazit & Toni Shift “Concealed Sorrow”
Thi’sl “On My Grind” (feat. Brotha Tone)
Wes Pendleton “I Made It”
Video of the Year nominees
Theory Hazit & Toni Shift “Concealed Sorrow” (Winner)
DJ of the Year nominees
DJ Promote (Winner)
Emcee of the Year nominees
Sintax the Terrific (Winner)
Producer of the Year nominees
Courtland Urbano (Xperiment) (Winner)
EP of the Year nominees
The Battery One (Winner)
Relic Not for Nothing
Sev Statik Sondial EP
Mixtape of the Year nominees
Andy Mineo Formerly Known (Winner)
Heath McNease Straight Outta Console: The Nintendo Thumb Mixtape
Playdough & Heath McNease Wed, White & Wu
Praverb Da Wyse Professional Hobbyist
theBREAX Breax Over 3
Fan’s Choice Vote: February 24 – March 2.
UPDATE: Voting will begin Friday February 24th and end on Friday March 2nd. We’ll tabulate all the votes and announce the Fan’s Choice winners on March 5.
Here is your chance to let your voice be heard! Participation is easy. List your choices for the winners in each category in our comments, on Twitter and on Facebook. We’ll be monitoring all votes tagged:
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Group of the Year
Video of the Year
DJ of the Year
Emcee of the Year
Producer of the Year
EP of the Year
Mixtape of the Year
Album Art of the Year