Derek Ferguson, Andre Harrell, Nas, Steve Stoute and Sean "Diddy" Combs at The 2016 REVOLT Music Conference Photo by-John Parra/Getty Images for Revolt Music Conference

The Third Annual Revolt Music Conference Promotes Musical Innovation & Expansion, Honors Nas With Icon Award

REVOLT TV kicked off it’s third annual Revolt Music Conference in a major way, and the 2016 conference was just as action-packed at the previous years proving to be the intersection of music, technology, and innovation.

The conference was filled with insightful panels, networking opportunities, 90s parties and yacht celebrations, and overall empowering experiences that helped attendees understand and navigate the evolution of the music business.

The conference kicked off with an opening ceremony that honored both Sean “Diddy” Combs and DJ Khaled. Combs was presented with his very on ‘Sean Diddy Combs Day,’ and DJ Khaled was presented with the [MAJOR] key to the city of Miami Beach!

On a night were Diddy was presented with his very own day, it was only fitting for his sons Justin and Christian Combs to share their collaboration with Andre Harrell and Foot Action that chronicles them carrying their father’s legacy as well as showcasing their style and involvement in both Hip Hop and their family’s various business ventures.

The ceremony featured performances by Ro James, Kent Jones, and Mario, and saw remarks from Revolt COO Derek Ferguson, President of Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bill Talbert, as well as General Manager of The Nobu Eden Roc Resort, Laurence Dubey.

Immediately following the opening ceremony, Ciroc re-introduced it’s ‘Let’s Get It’ movement with a unique event titled Cocktails With [DJ] Khaled.

The event was an event exclusively for the media that previewed the “Let’s Get It: The Mango Story” and further expanded on DJ Khaled’s new partnership with the newly launched Ciroc Mango. In addition to Mango inspired installations, guests in attendance were treated to Ciroc Mango infused food and the new signature cocktails. The most memorable moment from the reception was the inspirational artwork. Attendees were asked to describe their life in 5 words and creative artists turned the words into framed artwork gifts.

This year’s RMC also featured it’s first ‘Be Heard’ auditions and showcase. Many of the conference’s attendees had the opportunity to perform their music in front of an esteemed panel of judges that included Andre Harrell, Eva Pigford, Rockstar, and Cool & Dre.

Highlights from the first full day of the conference included a live broadcast from your favorite morning show, The Breakfast Club, a rousing address including invaluable career insight and advice during the #AskDJKhaled Q&A, as well as the Apple Music x DJ Khaled Yacht party that featured performances from Nas, Ja Rule, Jadakiss, Trina, Kent Jones and Dave East.

Some of the industry’s biggest power players including Matthew Knowles, Julie Greenwald, Lenny S, Lyor Cohen and many more took the stage as both panelists and keynote speakers on both Friday and Saturday.

A few of the top music executives, key influencers, radio personalities, DJs, managers, music marketers, hit-making producers, & A&Rs allowed attendees to gain both knowledge and insight on topics ranging from the power of a song to breaking, discovering, and developing new artists.

The final day of the conference saw industry heavy hitters cover topics such as branding and making money in the digital space as well as galvanizing those in attendance to go out and vote in this year’s election.

The RMC closed in legendary fashion as Revolt & Diddy honored Nas with the Jimmy Iovine Icon Award at the annual RMC Gala Dinner. The award is presented to industry icons who have had a unique influence on music as well as a lasting impact on the culture as a whole.

Although Kehlani & Bibi Riley opened up with unique performances, it was the remarks and heartfelt personal anecdotes by DMX, Nas’ daughter, Destiny Jones, and Diddy that stole the evening.

Destiny reflected on Nas not only being the best father but also on him changing the world and impacting others. Diddy and Nas took turns reminiscing on stage about coming up in the Hip Hop world together to laughing about [them] trying to outshine each other with jewelry in the “Hate Me Now” video.

DMX told Nas,

“[Music] It was tearing up the streets. I’m like you this guy here has something. I respected the flow, I was aware of the talent, and it was a honor just to be associated with the same people. We had yet to meet. Fast forward to shooting Belly and it was like Wow!”

The night ended in such an epic manner with Nas & Diddy partying it up in the Eden Roc Mona Lisa ballroom at the annual RMC ’90s party!

The Revolt Music Conference has established itself as a must-attend event in the industry, providing attendees with the opportunity to soar, excel, and expand.