UNDERGROUND PERFORMERS—G-Money, third from left, performing with his posse, including BR, during the PUMAs. (Photo by Abdul Al-Nakhli)


by Abdul Al-Nakhli
Outside the August Wilson Center, Sunday was filled with grey skies and rain, but it didn’t stop the spotlight from shining on the city’s best underground talent for the first annual Pittsburgh Underground Music Awards (PUMAs).
The PUMAs were organized by Pittsburgh music professionals to honor the artists of the area making strides in hip-hop, R&B, and pop genres.
There were 21 different categories awarded at this year’s PUMAs, including best Pop artist, best Producer, Hip-Hop single of the year, and best male/female rap artists of the year.
From late February to early April, fans were encouraged to vote for their favorite artists on the PUMAs’ website and Facebook page.
For local fans, being involved in the PUMAs is an honor words can’t describe.

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