Here Are the 2018 Athens Hip Hop Awards Winners

Photo Credit: Karica Smith

Sam Lipkin and Seline Haze

The sixth annual Athens Hip Hop Awards took place last night, with this year’s event placing a special emphasis on activism. Local performers, politicians and community organizers gathered for a full evening of music and much more, in an effort to celebrate local hip hop and the community that supports it.

Read more about the awards here. Below, check out this year’s winners:

Best Male Hip Hop: Caulfield
Best Female Hip Hop: Seline Haze
Best Hip Hop Collab: We’re Weird
Photographer of the Year: Charmaine McWhorter (Divine Creations by Charmaine)
Videographer of the Year: Fly Visionz
R&B Artist of the Year: Stella Groove
Gospel Artist of the Year: Marco Hull
Best Tattoo Artist: Chuck Garrett
Barber of the Year: Bernard Anderson
Barbershop of the Year: Jet Cutz
Beauty Salon of the Year: Jet Cutz & Styles
Stylist of the Year: Nikki Warden
Producer of the Year: StackBoy Twaun
Best Recording Studio: GA Pro Studio
Best Hip Hop Venue: Vanish
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Kxng Blanco
Poet of the Year: Celest Ngeve
Best Event Promoter: Volumes Hip Hop
Mover and Shaker of the Year: Sam Lipkin
DJ of the Year: Andy Clarke (DJ Magic)
Best Black-Owned Restaurant: J.R. Crickets
Local Act You Want to See Perform: RocBoiZay


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