R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Steve Harvey Taking Awards Show to Atlanta; UMGD Launches Black History Month Campaign; and More


— Syndicated morning radio personality/TV talk show host Steve Harvey is taking his annual Ford Neighborhood Awards and Weekend Expo to Atlanta this year. Now in its 12th year, the four-day event will mark its first time in Atlanta when it hits town Aug. 7-10 at the Georgia World Congress Center and Philips Arena. Capping the weekend once again will be the fan-nominated Ford Neighborhood Awards (formerly the Hoodie Awards) on Aug. 9. Honors will be handed out in 12 categories, including best church choir, best high school and best community leader. The “Steve Harvey Morning Show” will broadcast live from Atlanta over the four days; tickets go on sale March 7.

Universal Music Group Distribution’s college marketing department has launched a nationwide campaign for Black History Month. The campaign’s centerpiece is a Facebook Sweepstakes (2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/16) comprised of four weekly artists posts encouraging fans to comment on their artists pages for a chance to win weekly prizes. Interscope’s ScHoolBoy Q, Republic’s Sage the Gemini, IDJ’s Jhene Aiko plus Stevie Wonder and other Motown classic acts are among the featured artists. To supplement the online sweepstakes, the campaign will also target campus, retail and lifestyle markets.

— “American Idol” winner Candice Glover, Algebra Blessett and Bridget Kelly are among the women being celebrated through Feb. 28 on “Primed,” Music Choice’s emerging artist series, during Black History Month. Also airing on Music Choice on Demand: the original program “MC Docs: The Diva Debate” with panelists that include Kelly, Melanie Fiona, Mack Wilds and Music Choice VP of programming Damon Williams.


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