Takeaways from Tallahassee — Ice, ice, ‘Action!’
Vanilla Ice was the guest of honor at the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism Wednesday evening.
There, the group bestowed the famed hip-hop artist with the 2018 Film Florida Legends Tourism Ambassador award, which is presented annually to entertainment legends who keep the Sunshine State on their mind and involved in their work.
“Vanilla Ice has been a recognizable artist for nearly 30 years, all the while being a wonderful ambassador for Florida,” Film Florida President Bonnie King said.
In honoring Ice (born Robert Matthew Van Winkle) King cited the artist’s record-breaking and successful hip-hop career — hit song “Ice, Ice Baby” was the first hip-hop song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts — and his devotion to Florida, which includes hosting an annual block party in Wellington and starring in his own Florida-based home improvement reality show, “The Vanilla Ice Project,” now in its eighth season on the DIY channel.
Ice also annually presents the music video award, now named after him, at The Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films.
Added King: “Vanilla Ice continues to help others and accomplish so much, while representing the state of Florida in such a