Kansas City should expect another exciting and breathtaking People’s Choice Awards show this year with founder Terrell Ray back again to host the fourth annual event.

KC People’s Choice Awards is a great opportunity to network, gain name recognition, uplift, and recognize individuals and organizations for excellence in the Kansas City metro.

This year, awards will be presented in 75 categories, up from 66 last year. A few of the new categories are Best Barber and Cosmetology School and Best Clinical Healthcare Provider.

Again this year, the KCPCA Awards is an all-star weekend event. From Aug. 5-7, be ready to mix, mingle and partay. The festivities kick off on Friday with the KCPCA Network and Social. Saturday is the day party. 

“The day party is just something to come and relax and introduce yourself to other nominees and hang out,” Ray said.

Save some energy. Sunday will be a long day. The awards show begins at 2 p.m.at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland and goes straight into and through the celebratory after-party. 

The Vision

Ray says the idea for KCPCA came to him when he was watching the BET Awards.  He’d attended Steve Harvey’s Hoodie Awards and had observed Pitch Magazine’s annual recognition closer to home.  

“I just felt like Kansas City was ready for their own award shows,” says Ray.

Kansas City responded with a resounding yes! It’s become evident that Black Kansas City residents, who were almost totally absent in other award programs, were glad to be recognized; especially by their own.

So each year the number of categories, as well as the number of nominees in each category, has grown. People’s Choice fans love to see new faces, says Ray. It keeps the show fresh. 

“It’s something that Kansas City will continue to support because they’re seeing new nominees,” he said.

Want To Get Nominated? 

If you want to be one of those fresh new nominees next year, Ray has some advice:  “Campaigning is important.”

According to Ray, “Your friends and family should be there to support you. It does not take much for them to go online and vote and get you on the ballot.”

Looking Ahead

Ray’s goal for the fifth annual awards show is for the event to take place at the T-Mobile Center.

“I just want to continue to improve on the awards and continue that integrity, where people trust and believe in it.” 

Want More Details? 

Want to see the complete list of nominees, get the details on the full weekend of events or purchase tickets, go online to KCPCAwards.com

Simone Garza is a Report for America corps member based at The Community Voice covering Kansas City’s African-American community.  


Simone Garza was a reporter in our Kansas City office. In addition to general reporting on Kansas City’s African-American community, she reports on economic inclusion for the African American community....