Our Social Star Award is back for 2014 and bigger than ever! As part of our 2014 BMI Hip-Hop/R&B Awards, this year’s Award was presented to the BMI songwriter who best demonstrated the power of social to showcase her songwriting talents. The writer with the loudest fan base on Twitter took the prize!
Teenage superstar Zendaya is a triple threat in the entertainment business. From acting on Disney Channel series “Shake It Up!” to being runner up on Dancing with the Stars to landing a top 40 hit, Zendaya does it all, and she’s only seventeen. From child model to teen sensation, Zendaya’s sound is soulful pop with an urban edge. Her first single “Replay” on her self-titled debut album went platinum after selling 1,000,000 copies this January. Performing everywhere from White House to the Today Show and winning Radio Disney’s “You’ve Got Swag – Artist with the Best Style” Award, Zendaya’s fresh look and sound, which reaches an audience of over 5 million followers on Facebook, will continue to be a force to be reckoned with in 2014.
Voting Started: Wednesday August 6
Voting Ended: Tuesday August 19
Award Presented: Friday August 22
Cleveland, Ohio, native Machine Gun Kelly (@machinegunkelly), known to his fans as MGK, is known for his rapid-fire delivery and his ability to fuse his favorite genres seamlessly: hip-hop, heavy-metal and rock ‘n’ roll. His runway-ready looks don't hurt, either.
Pittsburgh native Mac Miller has become one of hip-hop’s most promising young rappers thanks to his unique rhymes and social media savvy. Miller’s videos have surpassed 165 million views on YouTube – six have earned 15 million plays each. His debut EP “On and On and Beyond” was released in 2011.