Greetings TSD family! We are rounding the bases and headed home towards the Grand Finale of the 2012 Best in Black Awards Memphis. The TSD staff and I are overwhelmed by the showing of support and excitement in the community about the contest and the awards show on Aug. 30.
I want to thank each of you that nominated, voted and have or will purchase a ticket to attend the black tie/black carpet awards show affair. Here is our last update before the event:
Nominations: Our nomination process opened up on July 20 and ended on July 31. We received over 280 nominations across the 45 categories that we have this year. To those who wanted to nominate someone or be nominated, 2013 will be here before you know it. Mark your calendars and bookmark the website, bestinblackawards.com for updates.
Voting: All voting ended at midnight Aug. 16. From Aug. 2 to Aug. 16, we had exactly 93,267 votes, with over 3,000 people registered on the site! After getting past a few initial technical difficulties voting went very smoothly and briskly. We had hoped to reach 50,000 votes online by the end of voting, and nearly doubled that goal. Thanks to you, Memphis!
Results: We have contacted the top three vote getters in each category are now publishing the list. (See page 16.) You guys responded and the results are final, with results to be announced on Aug. 30. We know that there are a few surprises and upsets, especially considering the mid-term results! Remember, this is a popularity contest with the winners determined solely by way of the popular online vote.
Casting call: We held a great casting call for the big opening number and got over 20 Memphis area dancers to respond for what will be an incredible opening to the BIB Awards Show.
Hosts: Clear Channel Radio has come on board as a promotional sponsor and as part of that relationship, the Early Morning Praise Team, led by Michael Adrian Davis along with Eileen and Sherry will be hosting the 2012 Best In Black Awards. They make a great team, are fantastic communicators and big-time funny.
Entertainment: A stellar line up of talented artist will be performing. The Mid-South area's best DJs, dancers, singers and poets will grace the stage to perform their BEST for you. The show will also include a tribute performance to the 40th Anniversary of Wattstax.
Tickets: Tickets went on sale Aug. 10 at The New Tri-State Defender offices, however all tickets are now available for sale at ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster locations. A limited number of VIP Reception and Preferred tickets are on sale at our office, 203 Beale St., Ste. 200. The price of these tickets are $55 (orchestra seating) and $45.00(parterre). General admission, mezzanine and lower balcony tickets are $35. General admission/upper balcony tickets are $30.
Only a limited numbers of tickets are available for purchase at the TSD office. Tickets purchased through ticketmaster.com will include additional processing fees. The first 400 people to buy tickets for this event will get a six-month home subscription to The New Tri-State Defender.
Volunteers: We have a few select volunteer opportunities available for the event and leading up to the event. Call Nina Johnson at 901-679-8545 if you are interested in being a volunteer/TSD Ambassador.
It is time for you to get your best and most glamorous outfits together to walk the black carpet and share in one of Memphis' BEST celebrations ever. Make sure you get your tickets this week. You don't want to be the one hearing about it; you want to be the one talking, tweeting and posting in Facebook about it because you were there!
We will make a few additional announcements as we go forward this week. Thanks for being a part of the TSD family and the 2012 Best in Black Awards!