2 Annual International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards, A Huge Success
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2 Annual International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards Show, A Huge Success

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The awards are a celebration of the beauty of Hip Hop and the contribution to the culture by the Indigenous community

The second annual International Hip Hop Awards Show hosted in Winnipeg was another success. A massive win for Hip Hop, an enormous victory for Indigenous culture. The inaugural award show was initially scheduled to be aired in 2020, but due to the pandemic, it was delayed, just like many significant events. And with COVID-19 still a global problem, the first International Hip Hop Awards were hosted virtually in 2021 and were hugely successful.

“It will take more than a global pandemic to stop us from highlighting the Indigenous community’s positive impact and contributions to Hip Hop.” Said Marketing Director Chris Sharpe in 2021.

Until now, there has never been an International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards Show that celebrates the many accomplishments of the Indigenous community to the culture. With the creation of the International Hip Hop Awards, that has all changed.

After coming out of the pandemic, this was what the community needed. Tonight was a great night to honour the beauty of Hip Hop and celebrate the work of some world’s best Hip Hop artists, and it’s extra special to be able to do it in Winnipeg. Said Chris Sharpe, Marketing Director

Hip hop is now the most widely recognized and celebrated music genre on the planet, and the fact that its International Hip Hop Awards originated from Winnipeg, is a beautiful thing. Founded as a tribute to the culture and contributions of Indigenous people to Hip Hop, the award is not only an inclusive, accepting space; it’s inspiring a new generation of artists.

Decades ago, Hip Hop was just considered street music and was never recognized for its impact on the world, nor was it even a category at award shows. But now, it’s at the forefront of many innovative sound techniques, allowing indigenous youths to have a platform for celebrating their music.

The event was hosted by Sly Skeeta, one of Winnipeg’s most inspirational Hip Hop artists, whose lyrics are hope, inspiration and uplifting youths and advocating for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. A great example of his song is “Don’t Give Up.” 

Last night’s event was filled with the who’s who of Canadian and international Hip Hop artists. Winnipeg artist Stun took home breakthrough artist of the year to the thundering applause of the hometown crowd. 

Although winning the Breakthrough Artist of the year, Stun’s live performance was that of a seasoned performer that captivated the audience. And just like any genuine loving family man, Stun accepted his award by asking his beautiful wife, decked out in a stunning dress, to come on stage to share his moment of joy.

Stun – Breakthrough Artist of The Year

Two-spirited performer Kenny Murkz’s live performance brought the house down. It was memorable; her flow and melodic delivery were fire. Her Crip walking and stage presence had the audience wanting more. She is an electrifying talent that will no doubt be selling out venues.

Not to be outdone, local MC North, CEO of Jet City Records and legendary Canadian D.J. Disspare thrilled the crowd with their onstage presence, reminding Winnipeggers of why they are Hip Hop royalty. Collaboration between the best MCs and musicians enhances the talent of local artists who continue to garner international recognition.

MzShellz took home Best Female Hip Hop Artist; one of Canada’s top up-and-coming designers rocked the crowd. Her lyrical flow is what makes her a true wordsmith. MzShellz is one of the original O.G.’s of Canadian Indigenous Hip Hop and Worthy of the award she received last night. MzShellz also takes home the award for the best dressed MC of the night, looking like a million bucks.

Nipiy Iskwew Designs took home the award for best Indigenous clothing designer of the year, and it was well worth the drive-in from Edmonton. Her clothes are not only fresh; they are a fusion of Hip Hop and Indigenous culture. We will not be surprised to see her clothing on every Canadian by the end of the year. Nipiy Iskwew Designs is fashion meets Hip Hop meets comfort, style and elegance.

CEO Gladue’s personality is infectious! She is personable and magnetic and exude’s the confidence of a successful brand ambassador. Nipiy is not only a name to watch; she is the designer Canadians need to know.

Ms Skylene Gladue, President & CEO, Nipiy Iskwew Designs

The Dancing Kokum, one of Tik Tok’s emerging stars, lit up the red carpet with her smile, grace, and stunning personality; she was just an absolute beautiful spirit and destined to take the world of TikTok by storm.

Mayoral candidate Robert Falcon Ouellette, the only candidate to attend the world’s most prominent Hip Hop event honouring Indigenous achievement, was also on hand. Ouellette presented the award for male Hip Hop artist of the year. “I am honoured to be a part of such an incredible culture representing the diversity and inclusion of the Indigenous community and their contributions to the culture of Hip Hop, ” Said Robert Falcon Ouellette

Robert Falcon Ouellette – Presenter Male Hip Hop Artist of The Year

Last night’s Hip Hop Awards were just a shining example of the beauty of the culture. Without the vision and effort of Marketing Director Chris Sharpe and his incredible team, this wouldn’t have been possible. Next year’s International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards Show will not only be bigger, but it’s also going to be brighter and again represent the culture and the people of Hip Hop.

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