The Best of DMV (D.C., Maryland and Virginia) awards were held last night at Recess Lounge to recognize the top tier in entertainment and nightlife. And there's a reason it may have felt slightly like deja vu.
Two weeks ago, popular personalities Dre All Day and Brother Maniac hosted The DMV Awards honoring the best in music and nightlife.
"When I looked at their awards, they are more underground," Anwaa Kong, creator of event sponsor Elite DC Magazine said. "And I'm trying to make Elite D.C.'s The Best of the DMV the more mainstream awards ceremony."
"I'm not mad if you choose to support the Original DMV Awards -- Dre All Day, that's my boy. I think what he did was great, but I felt like a lot of people were left out in the D.C. scene."
Industry insiders said the lack of support last night was due to people choosing sides or protesting unworthy nominees.
"A lot of people are still building their brands," Brooke Watson of 368 Music Group said. "We're not there yet so perhaps these awards are premature."
Despite the controversy, The Best of the DMV Awards ended up being a star-studded affair with radio personalities Shaqwana of the Russ Parr Morning Show, DJ Quicksilva and Ill Will along with promoter Taz Wube of Suite 202. Artists such as Phil Ade and DeAngelo Redman of "Making the Band" gave an intimate performance to attendees.