For Immediate Release

The Southern Entertainment Awards Celebrates 12 years of Culture & Diversity!

Over the years, the Southern Entertainment Awards (SEAs) have been a staple in Southern Culture and Entertainment and it's no different as they head for a new direction in their 12th year.  The 12th Annual Southern Entertainment Awards & Conference will be held at a destination location to be announced shortly from April 9th - 12th, 2015. Many key industry insiders will be featured as guest panelists/speakers.

In just 12 years, the Southern Ent Awards grew from only being recognized in a few states to throughout the entire SOUTH.  Artists from all genres, producers, event promoters, DJs and fans of all things independent & entertainment (southern, entertainment that is) all filed into the Gibson’s Showcase for the very first Southern Entertainment Awards? There was curiosity, there was excitement, but most of all, there was unified agreement that it was definitely time for this kind of platform to be provided in a major, major way.

Over the course of the past decade, whether the three-day event took place in Music City, Tunica or Memphis, there have been consistently impressive turnouts; expansions of categories; local, national and international media coverage and nominations as well as awards given to some of the best in independent and mainstream music. Some of the national honorees include Yo Gotti, Nicki Minaj, B.o.B., Conya Doss, Algebra Blessett, Rudy Currence and Big K.R.I.T., just to name a few. With panels and performances, fashion shows and at one point, even a magazine, perhaps this is why what was once seen as a “regional event” is now esteemed as a recognizable brand throughout the world, from the UK to Japan, Chicago to California.
 
“One thing that has held true as an important asset in the industry is the need to network and build relationships,” says Janiro Hawkins, co-founder of the SEAs. “The SEAs creates a ‘family environment’ for networking and education for those attending…we're one of the few platforms that allows both the ‘talent’ and ‘consumer’ the opportunity to have a say-so in who's nominated and ultimately who wins."

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Inaugural
Southern Ent Awards

Gibson’s Showcase
2004 Nashville, TN

2nd Annual
Southern Ent Awards

Sheraton Hotel
2005 Nashville, TN

3rd Annual
Southern Ent Awards

Grand Casino Resort
2006 Tunica, MS

4th Annual
Southern Ent Awards

Grand Casino Resort
2007 Tunica, MS

5th Annual
Southern Ent Awards

Grand Casino Resort
2008 Tunica, MS

6th Annual
Southern Ent Awards

Gold Strike Casino Resort
2009 Tunica, MS

7th Annual
Southern Ent Awards

The Cannon Center/Cook Convention Center
2010 Memphis, TN

8th Annual
Southern Ent Awards

The Cannon Center/Cook Convention Center
2011 Memphis, TN

9th Annual
Southern Ent Awards

The Cannon Center/Cook Convention Center
2012 Memphis, TN

10th Annual
Southern Ent Awards

Embassy Suites/Marathon Music Works
2013 Nashville, TN