Today, global music authority Billboard announced that it will host its R&B Hip-Hop Summit celebrating the next generation of fans and artists who are reinvigorating the genre, on August 17, 2021. The virtual one-day summit, presented in partnership with Rotation, Amazon Music’s global hip-hop and R&B brand, will unite the most influential artists, producers, songwriters, and executives for thought-provoking conversations, performances, and award presentations that inform, entertain and engage Hip-Hop enthusiasts and today’s culture drivers.
“As the most popular genre in music today, R&B and Hip-Hop has a profound influence on our culture,” said Julian Holguin, President of Billboard. “We’ve tapped into our expertise as the ultimate music and culture authority to identify the tastemakers driving R&B’s success, and are thrilled to be partnering with Amazon Music’s Rotation to celebrate those visionary artists and their accomplishments.”
Celebrating some of the biggest names in music, the Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Summit will feature an exclusive performance by Gucci Mane and Pooh Shiesty of “Like 34 & 8,” marking Shiesty’s last public appearance in over a month and will also honor Blxst with the Rising Star Award. Blxst is one of the most exciting names making music at the intersection of hip-hop and R&B. His musicality, unique sound, and explosive success on the charts drove Billboard to identify him as a new artist with the potential to grow into a global icon. The event will also include panel discussions with MoneyBagg Yo, Polo G, Usher, Bryan Michael Cox, Flo Milli, Jermaine Dupri, Ja Morant, Joyce Wrice, Kash Doll, Rubi Rose, Snow Tha Product, Tone Stith, Victoria Monét, and more. Conversations will span topics from Music Management 101 and The Rappers Playbook to The Next Wave of R&B and Sports & Music.
“It’s exciting to be launching our first annual R&B Hip-Hop Summit in partnership with Amazon Music’s Rotation,” said Billboard’s Executive Director of R&B/Hip-Hop Gail Mitchell and Hip-Hop Editor Carl Lamarre. “We look forward to fans enjoying a jam-packed day featuring some of the genres’ best.”
The Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Summit is powered by Billboard’s annual R&B Hip-Hop Power Players List, available in the global music authority’s print edition on stands August 7, 2021. Honoring the executives who are driving the success of the genre, the R&B Hip-Hop Power Players List is curated by Billboard’s team of experts from within every music industry sector, including labels and distributors, management, streaming services, media, live music promoters, agencies, music publishers, business management, performing rights groups and more. All honorees are selected based on criteria ranging from nominations by peers, colleagues and superiors, to the sales and streaming performance of their affiliated artists, to their career trajectory and overall industry impact.
“Rotation is excited to celebrate the visionary artists leading the way with Billboard’s R&B Hip-Hop Summit,” said Tim Hinshaw, Head of Hip-Hop and R&B for Amazon Music. “Amazon Music created Rotation to provide a stage for the best rising newcomers and established artists in hip-hop and R&B, and working with a company like Billboard who shares this vision was a natural move for us.”
Billboard’s R&B Hip-Hop Power Players Summit will be available to stream on August 17. Learn more at https://billboard.com/rb-hip-hop-summit
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