Jermaine Dupri - Music Innovation Award

Jermaine Dupri has established a prolific career as a hip-hop artist, producer, songwriter, author, DJ and CEO of So So Def Recordings, which he founded in 1989. He has collaborated with artists such as Usher, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Nelly, Ludacris, Nas, Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim, TLC, Bono, Run DMC, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DMX, Monica and MC Lyte.

With over 400 million records sold to date, Dupri is one of the most successful producers in the music industry. His career milestones include the release of several platinum recordings as CEO of So So Def, winning a Grammy for Best R&B Song and being honored with an ASCAP Golden Note Award, given to composers and songwriters who have achieved extraordinary milestones. He is one of only a few producers in music history to garner four positions in the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart at one time. He is also the first recipient of the Billboard Otis Redding Excellence Award for his achievements both in and outside the studio.

The Atlanta native also ventured into the television industry as executive producer of the unscripted series The Rap Game and with a starring role in the BET docu-series Music Moguls, alongside artists Snoop Dogg, Birdman and Damon Dash. Jermaine regularly DJs around the world and is one of the first hip hop DJs to hold a five-year residency at Wynn Las Vegas.

In 2011, Jermaine launched Global 14, which consists of more than 1,100 groups who share common interests such as fashion, hip-hop, and R&B. Jermaine has been steadily building Global 14’s international presence including expansion into Europe and Latin America. He announced Global 14’s Latin American presence at the 2012 Portada Latin American Advertising and Media Summit.