WRITTEN BY OGUN
“I look forward to The Crown Awards every year! There are not many events that capture a family vibe, but yet are still entertaining and filled with such high energy throughout the night. I’m guaranteed to see people that I haven’t seen in years, as well as an abundance of key players to the Baltimore Music scene. I think the awards are a great way to acknowledge the hard work of the artists in our city, as well as give them something to feel proud of. I remember winning past awards and showing my mother and family members, and really feeling a sense of dignity about it. My mother’s reaction in particular really made me realize that I spend so much time away from my family because of music, and it made her feel happy that at least I was being acknowledged for those investments.
The Crown Awards is my family reunion. It’s kind of like Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner when you see all your cousins, nephews, aunst and uncles that you haven’t seen all year long. It’s like you forget that you’re even at The 5 Seasons. It feels more like a neighborhood cook out or block party with a great DJ, host, live music, drinks and great people. I have struggled recently with being bored with the Baltimore Music Scene, in part because I am getting older, but more over it seems that no one really puts time into creating an experience. Anybody can give an event but can you create an actual experience that leaves the consumer or fan feeling like they have invested their time and money into something worthwhile. The Crown gives me something to be proud of as well as something to look forward to. I salute Chin Yer and counter parts for being able to maintain this event for 7 years. People seldom realize the work, organization, energy and time that it really takes to pull off not only an awards show but a successful event period.
Shout out to all those who still care! Salute to all those who put in countless hours of work to offer platforms for artist to showcase their talents whether MCing, poetry, producing, dancing, photography, DJing and so on. Our city is truly filled with talent but we sometimes seem to forget about the ones behind the scenes giving us all a place to seen and heard. I can’t what time next year and I look forward to all of the other great events that “The Baltimore Scene” has in the works.”
WRITTEN BY BRIAN HOYT
“In terms of overall spectrum and not leaving a stone unturned, THE BALTIMORE CROWN AWARDS covered every base. On November 2, 2013, I witnessed a such love & unity amongst peers from different genres of music, artistic expression, generations, radio personalities ( local & internet), & business owners ( profit & non profit) that I felt a strong sense of hope for the future. & honor to see what is was & is coming” This award show prides itself on authenticity where nominees & winners were artists, business owners, photographers, & radio personalities were genuinely picked by peers who acknowledged their importance to the scene…I felt a overwhelming sense of gratitude & appreciation to Chin Yer for the idea & inspiration to put this “family reunion” together.. & to her credit . The award show could only be done by her because it’s a reflection of Chin…the business side, radio, poetry, photography, hip hop, r & b, …The 5 Season’s…chin Yer is involved in all aspects of the awards categories in some respect. Even the best dance group category ( don’t sleep on her dancing skills)- overall I just want to say simply…thanks for this contribution to our community in Baltimore & the DMV/ Baltimore music scene.”
WRITTEN BY SHAHEED ELEAZAR
“The Baltimore Crown Awards provides legitimacy for the collective efforts of the Baltimore Arts community. One of the best things about the
event is that it provides recognition for those who work very hard behind-the-scenes to organize events, independent media, photographers and more.
There are many aspects besides the artists that make up a successful arts community and the Crown does a great job acknowledging that each year.
The 2013 event was the 7th event that was held. The venue was packed with many notable homegrown talents in what felt like a family reunion.
The event featured great performances from various genres such as spoken word, R&B, dance, and hip hop, as well as heartfelt praise and acknowledgement for winners of awards this year. Overall, the event was a great success and a reminder of what talent exists within the greater Baltimore community.”
WRITTEN BY SEVERAL MEMBERS OF BALTIMORE'S ARTISTIC COMMUNITY
"Chin-yer,Hey dear! WOW--what a packed house; standing room only! Congrats on a successful event, dear. I didn't know it was like THAT. Lol. You've obviously put a lot of work into building and promoting. Props!"
Ken Brown-poet (First time at the Crown)
"Had an amazing time tonight... BALTIMORE has some of the greatest talent here and I wish everyone much SUCCESS! Shout out to Ms. Chin Yer for putting on an phenomenal event"
-Anita D. Foster: Founder of Hip Hop For The Homeless
"Had an awesome time at the awards S/O to Chin-Yer..,,,cant wait till next year!!
-Finesse The Best
"I had a great day yesterday! Celebrating the solar return of one of my big sisters as well as attending the Baltimore Scene crown awards! Shout out to Chin-Yer Thebaltimorescene for her diligence in supporting baltimore artist! Had a chance to meet a lot of up and coming artist doing their thang! It was also great to see all of the artist who have been on the scene for a very long time! Mentorship keeps the art scene flowing in a healthy manner, where the work of those who set the path are never forgotten,the up and coming artists know your name your work, as well their responsibility to continue the
legacy set forth by the great ones of old... #mentorship #supportindieartist"
-Navasha Daya-vocalist/Baltimore Legend
"The Baltimore Crown Awards was off the chain! Shout out to Chin-Yer Thebaltimorescenefor inviting me and putting together a great show. Congrats to all the nominees and winners of the awards. Baltimore Stand Up!"
-Taavon Smith of unificationsolutions.tv
"Shout to Chin-Yer Thebaltimorescene! Year 7 was great! 8th Annual will be even better! #BaltimoreCrown."
"Just left the 7th Annual Baltimore Crown Awards!! Did a ton of networking and number exchanging!! Super excited to make crazy moves to close out the year and even bigger ones next year!!! I'm still in awe!! Chin-Yer Thebaltimorescene really put on a great event!!! Thanks to everyone who came to show love!!!"
-Tafari Behind the Scenes Magazine
"Thanking my beautiful sister Chin-Yer for an awesome night. Can't say enough about these Crown Awards. It was like homecoming."
"In regards to the Baltimore Crown Awards...just want to say THANK YOU Chin-yer. This event is sooooo necessary...soo many people I don't get to see often were literally "all" there.
"I'm super proud of you. Baltimore Crown has become an institution. You put in hella work building up the scene and you hold it down as an amazing mom."
-James Collins Creator of Fertile Crown/Co-Creator of Organic Soul Tuesdays
"Thank you Chin-yer for a great awards show, my first time attending. Nominated (Promoter of the Year) Presenter (Best Underground Release) and Thank you for those words of encouragement said to me in the back. Thank you and congratulations to everyone either nominated or performed. Big shout out to the funny dude, Larry Lancaster. He kept the crowd in laugh mode."
"It was good seeing everybody last night...saw a few people I haven't seen in a minute...Chin-Yer Thebaltimorescene you did a great job putting this together as usual...again congrats to all the winners and nominees..."
Krizz of Middle Man Designs
"Thank you for letting me speak about France and Polar Bear Plunge 2014! 50.00 was raised last night because of you and will be added to the account today!!! Baltimore yall re-opened my eyes about my hometown yesterday... not cause of the donations but the unity that was in the building and the love ... Chin-Yer did a great job and i can wait till next year cause i WILL be there! Peace Bless!"
"Last night was a great night! Thank you for all your work. You looked beautiful by the way!"
Fame: Creator of undatheradar.com
"On the real, I really enjoyed myself at The Crown Awards last night. Chin-Yer Thebaltimorescene you did a wonderful job at putting everything together Sista. I also want to congratulate ALL award winners as well as nominees in every category, win or lose it shows that people are paying attention to you and appreciate what you do, so don't view it as a loss, only a motivating factor to make you push harder. Definitely a big big salute is in order for all of the Baltimore Legends that received recognition as well. I had a great time. Even got a couple of S.O.N. shout outs on the Mic. #ShiningOverNegativity"
"I applaud you on your vision, your execution, and your delivery for the awesome talent in Baltimore"
"The Baltimore Crown is one of my favorite events...in the entire country.
Good to see everyone in under one roof. You'd be surprised how many scenes are able to pull that off"
Shadeed of Indieplanet.com
"Chin, you are truly an amazing person! We are all better people for having known you in our lives. Can't say that about everyone, including myself... I don't really know if words can describe what you are to me, hip-hop and the city of Baltimore. God bless you!"-
"GREAT EVENT CHIN-YER. I'M SO PROUD OF YOU BELOVED SISTER. CONGRATULATIONS ON ANOTHER GREAT EVENT. YOUR LOVE AND ENDORSEMENT OF THE SCENE IS MOST APPRECIATED BY ALL OF US"
"The Baltimore Crown Awards were a lot of fun tonight! Great job Chin Yer! Congratulation to Marc Evans for his Baltimore Legend Award. It was an honor to present that award to you. Thank both of you for what you do for Baltimore and have done for me."-
"Had a great time last night at The Baltimore Crown Awards! S/O to Chin Yer for putting on a great event for the 6th time in a row!!!! Anybody who is anybody was definitely in the building!"-
"Just wanna say thank you so much Chin-Yer for giving the younger generation a chance to be noticed as well. Last night was a great turn out and you defiantly brought the entire city together!"
"I think I speak on all of us when I say this so I just wanna publicly put dis out there.....Baltimore loves you Chin-yer. Thank you for everything you do n have done thus far. We appreciate it"
-Savage the Beast
"The Baltimore Crown Awards was everything last night..& It only happens once a year..Chin-Yer put her all into this one.Congrats to all the Awards Winners.. The live band Cypher was Dope. Navasha Daya was an amazing Blessing. Jahiti.Ama Chandra. DJ Harvey Dent for controlling the vibe and Playing my Song #Sober. It felt so Good!!!Can't wait till next year ♥ #Art.Baltimore.Love.Community♥"
"Shout Outs to Chin Yer and the entire squad over there at the Baltimore Crown Awards. The 6th Annual was a great success and I truly appreciate you guys thinking of me. I had a GREAT TIME!!! Big up to all those who won last night! It means a lot to me to be awarded by my Bmore Family."
"I was blown away by Shadeed Eleazer's presentation of my award! I have been on stage hundreds of times and have had the honor of winning a few awards but I never never literally gotten shook-en up and felt like I would cry until I heard everything he had to say! Big shout out to Baltimore Scene and Chin Yer for the incredible event (and its years of success). And huge shout out for Mr. Shadeed for being the only person ever who was ever able to make me shake on stage and almost cry in front of a crowd! lol"
"Shout out to Chin-Yer and the Baltimore Crown. I had a good time last night and got a lot of networking done! If you missed it....smh just make sure you make it next year!"
-Hazzy aka Hazardous Truth
"The Baltimore Crown Awards (2012) was everything last night..& It only happens once a year..Chin-Yer put her all into this one.Congrats to all the Awards Winners.. The live band Cypher was Dope. Navasha Daya was an amazing Blessing. Jahiti.Ama Chandra. DJ Harvey Dent for controlling the vibe and Playing my Song #Sober. It felt so Good!!!Can't wait till next year ♥ #Art.Baltimore.Love.Community♥"
-DJ REMEDY (Crown Awards 2011)
"Shout out to Chin-yer and The Baltimore Crown Awards for all the love. It feels good to be appreciated"
-Walter M. Jones-Host of Warm Wednesdays
"Thank you for having this and all your other awesome events babe.Tay Tay loves you and appreciates all of your hard work"
Tay Tay of Tayland Promotions.
"This was an event that really showed how much the artistic community can come out and support each other. I had such a wonderful time last night. Big up to The Baltimore Scene. Chin-yer, you outdid yourself on this one. I'm proud of you. Keep up the good work
-Permiss of Politic with Permiss
"Last night was definitely a beautiful event to be a part of.It gave new artists and producers like myself a real opportunity to showcase our talent. Chin-yer keep doing what you do. You'll always have support from me and the homegrown inc, family"
"GREAT EVENT AT THE CROWN FAM. THE CITY APPRECIATES YOU AND SO DO I. DON'T STOP WHAT U DOING-BLESS!!!"
"I think that this event was the best event I have been to in a long time! It is so great to see all crafts of art there. I really enjoy the poetry/spoken word! ... To me, it is lyrics without the music"
-Lisa of Baltimore Paparazzi
"Great Job tonight. It was wonderful to hear how much people love you.I enjoyed meeting new people, the music, and applauding the winners"
-Karen Crawly-Bucholtz Poet, Sponsor of "Poets for Dinner", and creator of The Healing Space
"Great Event!! Congrats! Wasn't feeling well when I got there... left feeling 100% better"
"Chin-yer is the type of person that only comes along very few times in any one person's life. She is selfless and kind-hearted. I really hope any and everyone that has the chance to experience Chin-yer in their life never takes it for granted. If yu do, shame on you! Thanks for being you, Chin-yer #Team Virgo"
EC/Frank Lewis of the "I am Baltimore Hip Hop" Movement and One Koast Entertainment
"Chin-yer, it was amazing! Thank you so much for all your dedication, your vision, your heart....for real. It was a real spark for a lot of people. It was beautiful to see the productivity of Baltimore, the love, the talent...The creator is here...Definitely..Time to shine! Stay bright, Ms. Beacon of light...In the words of the great, late, Tupac Shakur..'You are appreciated..Love!"
-Gaia: Poet Slam Champ/lyricist/producer
"It [The Baltimore Crown] was a great atmosphere. I just want everyone to know, as far as The Baltimore Scene goes....what you see is what you get. We, are the scene, and we need to realize that it is up to us, and us alone, to formulate a plan to make the city/world notice us. Thanks to Chin-yer for putting everything together and for the opportunity to take part in that and thanks to everyone for supporting me out there. That made me feel right at home. Let's get it Baltimore"
-Nobi-Graphic Designer & Producer
"Hey Sis! Last night was my first time attending the crown awards! Even though I got there late and had to leave early, I enjoyed myself last night! Thank you for all that you do to support the movement"
"AS I LOOK AT THE AWARD PERMISS AND I WON FOR POLITIC WITH PERMISS! I AM SO GRATEFUL. ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND PERMISS, WE WAY THANK YOU FOR VOTING US BEST BALTIMORE MEDIA OF THE THE YEAR FOR THE 2010 4TH ANNUAL BALTIMORE CROWN S/O TO CHIN-YER. YOU ARE MY HERO #REAL TALK"
"EVEN THO I MISSED TONIGHT'S EVENT, WHICH IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE MOST IMPORTANT AND ANTICIPATED EVENT IN BALTIMORE EVERY YEAR. I DO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND APPLAUD YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT TO PUT TOGETHER A NIGHT FOR EVERYONE GRINDING IT OUT, TRYING TO MAKE IT. THANKS"