Our music continues to drive popular culture and Billboard recognizes the impact. The publication has announced a new ceremony that will honor select top performers in the industry.
Scheduled for Thursday, September 27 the R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players Event will be the first of its kind as it will celebrate both artists and executives in both genres. According to Billboard, the invite-only gala will grace Meek Mill with the “Impact Award” for his unwavering strength “he has demonstrated in the face of America’s criminal justice system, the light he has shined on the country’s need for justice reform and his constant creative output.” CNN’s Van Jones will present him with the esteemed decoration.
Billboard will also honor Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “Pee” Thomas — COO and CEO of Quality Control Music — as executives of the year for Quality Control’s undeniable influence on the industry, from the chart-topping success of Migos to the meteoric rises of recent signees like Lil Baby, City Girls, and Stefflon Don. Ethiopia Habtemariam, president of Motown Records, will present the pair with the award.