Posted on March 7, 2011

Fighting Interrupts DMV Music Awards in Crystal City

Clarence Williams and Martin Weil, Washington Post, March 6, 2011


Authorities and witnesses said about 1,500 people were at the DMV music awards ceremony at the Crystal City [Arlington County, Virginia] Hyatt hotel when several fights erupted. Five people were treated at the scene and one was taken to a hospital, witnesses said.

The annual awards ceremony honors local performers in rap, hip-hop, go-go and R&B categories. More than 40 awards were to be presented, and the ceremony was about halfway through when the fighting started about 9:45 p.m., according to witnesses.

One witness reported seeing as many as half a dozen fights.