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The weather in Miami can be just as unpredictable as the music industry is at this time of year. One minute it’s hot and sunny the next is a down pour of rain; Toronto has prepared me for this. Familiar with the Miami rain P. Diddy encouraged guests “It’s just a little rain, It’s Miami, it’ll be over before you know it.”
REVOLT, hosted the first day of programming for the third annual 2016 REVOLT Music Conference (RMC) at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel. Established as a must-attend event in the industry, RMC provides attendees with the opportunity to personally interact with leaders from both the music and technology industries during interactive panels, performances, exclusive networking events, pitch sessions, poolside parties, music experiences, and more. the poolside parties were really all day parties, the vibe didn’t stop all weekend long with Ciroc girls and alcohol flowing along with RMC staff walking around with constant giveaways and prizes.
To close out the first full day of RMC programming at Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel, REVOLT hosted the exclusive Apple Music Yacht Party which featured special performances from DJ Khaled and friends — including Nas, Ja Rule, Jadakiss, Trina, Dave East, Kent Jones, Steph Lecor and Dree-z all aboard the SeaFair mega yacht.
Many of the industry’s top names in entertainment took the stage at RMC on Friday, including keynote speaker Julie Greenwald (Chairman and COO of Atlantic Records) also No. 20 on Billboards Power 100.
Panelists Kenny Burns (SVP of Marketing at Combs Enterprises)
Mathew Knowles (CEO of Music World Entertainment), Tahiry (Social Media Maven & Entrepreneur), Cardi B (Artist & Cast of Love & Hip Hop New York), Lenny S (SVP, A&R, Artist Management at Roc Nation), and Shawn Barron (VP of Urban A&R at Atlantic Records).
Additional highlights included breakout session Publishers & PROS (Performing Rights Organization)
The Breakfast Club LIVE hosted by DJ Envy and Angela Yee was hosted poolside. The number one morning show in the country was a nice touch to the added vibe to the conference. You had to wake up early to catch the show, or just stay up all night like many did.
#AskKhaled Q&A with DJ Khaled.
The pool at the Eden Roc Miami Beach was live all day with performances from Lajan Slim, Ayo Jay, Jahkoy, Trap Beckham, Prospectt, CymcoLé, 99 JAMZ (Felisha Monet, EFeezy, DJ Hercules), and DJ Hannah Rad
Later in the evening, Jeezy, DJ Damage, and DJ Hannah Rad hosted the live nominations announcement for the 5th Annual Global Spin Awards. Zoey Dollaz and Dave East performed at the ceremony honoring the top DJs in the music and entertainment industries. The 5th Annual Global Spin Awards will air on REVOLT TV in 2017.
To close out the three-day experience REVOLT hosted the annual 2016 RMC Gala Dinner. The evening honored hip-hop icon Nas, who was presented with the 2016 Jimmy Iovine Icon Award, which is presented to an industry leader who has had a lasting impact and unique influence on music. REVOLT Chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs presented Nas with the award. The evening also featured special performances by Kehlani (who performed her hit single “CRZY”) and Bibi Bourelly (who performed her new single “Ballin”), heartfelt speeches by Nas’s daughter Destiny Jones who made a surprise appearance, and his cousin Yara Shahidi who referred to Nas as her ‘cuzzo.’ In his acceptance speech, Nas said, “It’s only befitting I receive a ‘REVOLT’ award.’ Additional attendees of note included Nas’ good friend DMX, Busta Ryhmes, Andre Harrell (REVOLT Vice Chairman and Chair of the REVOLT Music Conference), Keon Hardemon (Attorney & Miami City Commission Chairman) and more.
Earlier in the day, Lyor Cohen (Global Head of Music at YouTube) took the stage as the conference’s final keynote speaker. Cohen spoke about his career and business style at YouTube during which he said, “I’m not trying to concoct things and sell things, we actually want to participate in the most truthful presentation of art that we can be a part of.”
Many more of the entertainment industry’s heavy-hitters took also took the stage as panelists throughout the day, including Cool (Producer/Songwriter), DJ Envy (Co-Host of The Breakfast Club Power 1051), DJ Drama (Award Winning DJ, Artist), Dre (Producer/Songwriter), Funk Master Flex (Host at Hot 97), Karen Civil (CEO of Always Civil Enterprises), Keke Palmer (Actress & Singer), Meagan Good (Actress), Roccstar (Producer / Songwriter / Artist), Sean Garrett (Artist/Songwriter/ Producer), Taxstone (Tax Season, Culture Podcast at Loud Network), Tricky Stewart (Owner of RedZone Ent.), and more. During the final panel, titled “The Rise of the Podcast,” hip-hop artist Noreaga surprised the panel and attended the session often contributing to the lively discussion.
The Revolt Music Conference ended with a Film Festival. Short films from 4 finalists with the winner going on to the Sundance Film Festival. These films were unbelievably good; Each with their own style all tackling different social issues. It was a great way to close a conference that fast pace and busy for the last 2 days, where sleep was an after thought because you didn’t want to miss anything. This is by far one of the most informative, thought provoking and inspiring conferences the music industry has to offer.