Billboard to Host First Annual R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players Event

Mario Kristian
Meek Mill

The event will be held on Thursday (Sept. 27) and will honor Meek Mill and others.

Billboard has announced its first-ever R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players celebratory event on Thursday (Sept. 27), honoring those who are driving, influencing and guiding the industry.

The invite-only evening will consist of a red carpet, cocktail reception and awards presentation, recognizing the Top 100 artists and executives defining hip-hop culture today. 

The event will honor rapper Meek Mill with its inaugural R&B/hip-hop power players impact award, observing the strength he has demonstrated in the face of America's criminal justice system, the light he has shined on the country's need for justice reform and his constant creative output, including 140 million total streams and five Top 10 releases on the Billboard 200 albums chartCNN’s Van Jones will present Mill with the award.

Billboard will also honor Kevin "Coach K" Lee and Pierre "Pee" Thomas -- COO and CEO of Quality Control Music -- as executives of the year for Quality Control's undeniable influence on the industry, from the chart-topping success of Migos to the meteoric rises of recent signees like Lil Baby, City Girls, and Stefflon Don. Ethiopia Habtemariam, president of Motown Records, will present the pair with the award.