On Sunday, October 18, 2015, the first award show for the tour took place at Santos Party House in Manhattan. The inaugural event was presented by the Dean's List Tour, Mor Bookings, and D2LAL, mmc. The nominees for the night consisted of acts through years 1 - 3 of the Dean's List Tour as well as the affiliate 'No Boys Allowed' tour. The nominees were spread out among nine categories and all voting took place online, voted on by the fans. The night got started at 5:00 pm with the red carpet for photographs and light mingling before the show began. The sounds for the night were provided by DJ Blackout, a veteran Dean's List Tour audition's judge. He kept the crowd moving and well entertained for the whole evening.
A riveting performance from the "Best Female Vocalist" winner Cocoa Sarai showed why she was deserving of the award. She gave credit to her late mother in her acceptance speech as a reason she has accomplished so much in life. Along with the nine official categories listed on the tour's website, two special awards were handed out on Sunday. The first special recognition award was the D2LAL award, presented to the artist that has shown great evolution and growth in his/her brand. The CEO of D2LAL, mmc Ms. Donna Marie presented the D2LAL award to She Real . She Real was caught by surprise, but by the crowd's reaction everyone was in agreement with the choice.
The night was capped off by Scott Morris invited all the artists for year 4 of The Dean's List on stage for an official photo. The tour officially starts on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. The inaugural award ceremony was a great success and a true testament of what hard work and a dream can accomplish. Log on to the Dean's List Tour site for all upcoming shows and events.