The 2nd Annual “Kentucky Urban Entertainment Awards” Honors Kentucky Excellence


The 2nd Annual Kentucky Urban Entertainment Awards took place at the luxurious Coconut Beach on South Floyd Street in Louisville, KY. The event brought out some of Kentucky’s brightest rising stars, from all across the state, to celebrate their excellence in the urban entertainment field.

The award ceremony was presented by the Elitegiance Group – headed by Ricky “DJ Slikk” Murphy. The event was created to highlight and acknowledge the “Elite” of Kentucky’s entertainment scene.

During a radio interview on “Saturdays with Mikesha”, just hours before the event, Murphy went into detail about the Kentucky Urban Entertainment Awards and how the nomination process takes place.

“The Elitegiance started off as a DJ collective and then we branched out to anybody dealing with music… So we have photographers, we have producers, we have promoters… Any aspect of entertainment – that’s just what we do.” – DJ Slikk

The most interesting aspect of the Kentucky Urban Entertainment Awards is that the nominees and winners are primarily determined by the fans. During the summer of each year, The Elitegiance opens up the survey section of their website and allows the public to submit names/brands of the entertainers they would like to nominate under the pre-selected categories.

Weeks later, after all the nominees are officially selected by Elitegiance staff members, the fans will then be allowed to vote for a winner in each category.

“We come up with the categories and nominations usually last through the whole month of June… Basically you just go online and nominate people… The nominations come from a combination of a panel and the popular vote but nominations are mainly from the popular vote.” – DJ Slikk

The event began at 5:30pm with a Red Carpet walk, featuring interviews with the nominees, conducted by Bella Rae and DJ Empty Beats of B96. The award ceremony began promptly at 7pm.

The evening was filled with performances by acts: Tyrant, Kori Black, 31 Gang and others. One of the most memorable moments of the night occurred when Christopher 2X accepted his “Activist of the Year” award and shared it with the mother of Dequante Hoobs’ Jr., the 7 year-old who was murdered in his Louisville home earlier this year.

Winner’s List available below and also visit The Elitegiance website for all other information regarding the 2017 Kentucky Urban Entertainment Awards.

In Memory Of:

DJ Bam of Underground Mafia 

 World Record for Longest DJ Set (10+ days straight): 

DJ Colossus

Community Activist of the Year:

Christopher 2x

Photographer of the Year:

Babacar Sambe

Videographer of the Year:

BMI Media

Graphic Designer of the Year:

Michelle Ignacio – ScreenShot Studios

Clothing Line of the Year:

DOH Lyfe

Retailer of the Year:

Rebellious Kouture

Model of the Year:

Joia John

On-Air Personality of the Year:


Media Outlet of the Year:

B96.5 FM Louisville

Venue of the Year:

Coles Place

Party/Event of the Year:

Goodtimers Derby Day Party

Teen Promoter of the Year:

4 Your Kids Ent.

College Promoter of the Year:

I-65 Nation

21 & Up Promoter of the Year:

DJ Equip

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:

Dusty Leigh

Female Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:

Sasha Renee

R&B Artist/Group of the Year:

Linkin Bridge

DJ of the Year:

DJ Empty Beats

Female DJ of the Year:

DJ Bombshell

Mixtape DJ of the Year:

DJ Testarosa 

Mixshow DJ of the Year:

DJ Empty Beats

Hypeman of the Year:

Big Homie

Rookie of the Year:


Lyricist of the Year:


Producer of the Year:

Super NES

Engineer of the Year:


Hip-Hop Family of the Year:

Shark Livin

Smashing The Streets: Louisville:

Lil Cole

Smashing The Streets: Lexington:

Booney Moonrock

Smashing The Streets: Western Kentucky 


Smashing The Streets: Eastern Kentucky:

DJ Legit

Grinder of the Year:


Mixtape of the Year:

Jai – Loc’s Up Hosted by DJ Slikk & DJ Empty Beats

Album of the Year:

Kori Black – Vybez 

Song of the Year:

Tyrant Ft. Kori Black – Louisville 

Video of the Year:

Kori Black – I Might

Living Legend Awards:

1. DJ Kaos 

2. DJ Lil Carl

Static Major Award:

Valerie Sickles 

Brad Harrison is a journalist/motivational speaker/entrepreneur and on-air personality. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communications with cum laude honors from the University of Louisville. In October 2015, he started UrbanMaxx Magazine to provide positive role models for Urban residents that reside in at-risk-communities and lack positive leadership in their lives. For booking or advertising - contact Brad Harrison at