After five years in Cleveland, year six of the popular Ohio Hip Hop Award & Music Conference weekend will make its way to Columbus. Exact venues have not been announced yet, but as always the OHHA will be held over the third weekend in September. With that in mind, this year's festivities will take place on September 16-18.
In addition to the new host city, this year's OHHA also marks the debut of seven new awards, including categories like Photographer of the Year and Videographer of the Year. At the moment, the OHHA is in its nomination season. It runs from May 15 through June 30, and the fans have the opportunity to voice their opinion and give support to those individuals and groups they feel should be nominated.
The nomination form can be found at: The Ohio Hip Hop Awards & Music Conference official website
After nomination season ends, the annual OHHA Showcase Competition kicks off and makes stops in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Lorain, Youngstown, Dayton, Akron and Kent. The winners in each city will be the recipient of a performance slot at the OHHA main event and also automatic nomination in the Best Live Performer category. The showcase tour begins on July 1 and runs through July 31.
On August 1, the final ballot will be revealed online and fans can vote for their favorite movers and shakers in Ohio hip hop. Voting runs through September 1.
While a great amount of work goes into putting together an event of this magnitude, each year the execution of the Ohio Hip Hop Awards ceremony seems to be criticized and the show itself often negatively referred to as the “Cleveland Awards” since many of the artists that win are Cleveland-based. With the move to Columbus, the OHHA commitee seems to be poised to silence at least some of the naysayers. Only time will tell how the change of scenery will fare for the Awards.
Columbus is a city that lies in the center of our state and it seems that for at least three days, it will be the center of Ohio hip hop as well.
For more information, please visit the official website of the Ohio Hip Hop Awards