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The J.A.M. Awards are the first socially responsible awards created within the Hip-Hop community, and are inspired by Jam Master Jay’s efforts to promote social Justice, Arts and Music (“J.A.M.”) in his local community and around the world. In honor of Jay’s life and legacy, every year, one honoree from the hip-hop community will be selected in the field of social Justice, one in the Arts and another in Music. Candidates will be selected based upon the impact they have made in their respective category and their record of helping others.

The first inaugural J.A.M. Awards took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom on November 27, 2007. The star-studded tribute concert honored the late Jam Maser Jay and was hosted by his wife, Terri Corley-Mizel and DMCl. The event raised funds for the Jam Master Jay Foundation. This landmark event allowed the music industry and the public at large to pay tribute to the legendary Jam Master Jay by promoting his vision that children everywhere should have access to music and art education no matter what their socioeconomic status.

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