The Southern Entertainment Awards Announces Its Return to Memphis and 2011 Awards Ballot

Voting will take place until December 15th and the annual Awards Show & Conference will take place and kicks off March 3-6, 2010 Nashville, TN (September 10, 2010)—During a recent press conference the Southern Entertainment Awards & Conference announced their return to Memphis, along with the 2011 nominee ballot.  The eighth annual event will take place March 3-6, 2011 and will return to the Cannon Center for the awards ceremony, and a later announcement will reveal the location for the conference.

“Last year, Memphis proved to be a very positive move for us,” shares Co-founder Janiro Hawkins II.  “The entertainment community is large and their positive feedback encouraged our return this year.”

Over the past seven years the Southern Entertainment Awards & Conference has been a platform for talent in the South to breed and grow within the industry.  The annual celebration is an opportunity for guests to engage and interact with some of the most innovative and forward moving people, technologies, and products in the country.  Coming from as far as the UK, the SEAs have proven to be much more than a Southern event but rather an event that embraces the culture of the South’s entertainment industry.

The announcement, made during’s Hip Hop Weekend, also revealed the nominee ballot for the 2011 Southern Entertainment Awards.  The official ballot consists of more than 70 categories lined with hundreds of names that were narrowed down from thousands of nominations.  The ballot is based on the top ten nominees (in a category) by the number of nominations received during the SEA nomination period.  The Southern Entertainment Awards are the “people’s” awards and are based on the amount of votes one receives from their peers.  Voting will continue until January 15, 2011.

Each year the Southern Entertainment Awards & Conference introduces the latest trends and opportunities to attendees.  Coordinators revealed their plans to include the producer’s event, Soundtrack Beat Battle, a Celebrity Gifting Lounge, and the Video-DJ session, to name a few.

The voting ballot can be found at under the ballot tab.  For a full list of nominees click here.

For more information about voting, sponsorship, or performance opportunities please contact Janiro Hawkins,  For media credentials contact The MEPR Agency, or by visiting the Media Policy.

About the Southern Entertainment Awards & Conference

The Southern Entertainment Awards & Conference a four day conference and awards show that gathers music professionals, artists, djs, fans, media outlets and more to network, build relationships and celebrate the culture of ‘Southern Entertainment’.  Held annually, the SEAs will return to Memphis, TN March 3-6, 2011 and will house more than 1,500 people that will experience panel discussions, artist showcases, networking opportunities, product demonstrations and of course, the awards ceremony. The SEA’s has impacted more than 5,000 careers throughout the Southeast Region including Nicki Minaj, Drumma Boy, Gucci Mane, B.O.B, Algebra Blessett and Kia Shine, to name just a few.  More information is available at or by emailing