In late April, T-Pain fans were dismayed to learn that his show at the Wilma Theatre had been canceled due to low ticket sales. While most big-time rappers would just get back on the bus (or plane) and head home, T-Pain wandered over to the Top Hat with his entourage to check out another big act, reggae legends Steel Pulse. At first, no one believed it was really T-Pain in attendance. “Where’s your Auto-tune?” one local guitarist yelled out to the delight of T-Pain and his buddies. Even better, the rapper didn’t just stick to the sidelines. He got up on stage with Steel Pulse to help them sing “Put Your Hoodies On [for Trayvon]” to a giddy and surprised crowd.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)